George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Waggener, 10 May 1758

From Thomas Waggener

Fort Hopewell May the 10th 1758


In obedience to your orders by the Express, I have sent Ensn Woodford to Releive Mr Steenbergen, with Orders for him Immediately to repair to Winchester,1 I need not Acquaint you of the want of officers on the Branch, & must beg If Capt. McKenzie’s Illness prevents his comeing up, you will Send an officer if Posible.2 I recd a Letter Yesterday from Quarter Master Kennedy informing of some Cuntry Horses on Cape Capon, I have this Day sent A command over, with orders to Bring those Horses to this place,3 We have accts Dayly of Large Party’s of the Enemy being Tract’d, But I’m not able to send a Party Sufficient in Serch of them, without Evacuateing some of the Forts, which is contrary to my Instructions from you They have Kill’d nor taken no boddy since the Affair at the Upper Tract. All the Inteligence I could get since I wrote you Last, Was from some Cuntry men who have been up there, They saw Forty Dead Boddy’s, & the Fort Burnt to the Ground. The number in the Fort was only Twenty, so that it’s supposed That the Remainder of the Dead were the Enemys.4 I am Sir Your Most obedt Humble Servt

Thos Waggener


1GW’s orders have not been found. For details of the Peter Steenbergen affair, see especially Court of Inquiry, 4–8 May, and notes.

2For Capt. Robert McKenzie’s departure from the South Branch, see Waggener to GW, 30 April.

3Having served as an assistant commissary for the troops at both Maidstone and Fort Cumberland, David Kennedy succeeded John Hamilton as quartermaster of the Virginia Regiment after Hamilton absconded in September 1757.

4The most recent letter from Waggener that has been found is dated 30 April, and in it he makes no reference to an Indian raid; but see GW to John Blair, 4–10 May, n.1, for a discussion of this and other references to Indian raids.

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