George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major Zabdiel Rogers, 21 October 1776

To Major Zabdiel Rogers

October 21: 1776.

My ⟨dr⟩ Sir

you are hereby requested to make the best Stand you can, with the Troops under your Command, against the Enemy who I am ⟨in⟩formed are advanced this Morning to ⟨M⟩aroneck and I will as soon as possible order a party to attack them in flank, of ⟨w⟩hich you will be further informed ⟨in⟩ proper time, be Cautious of Mentioning ⟨my⟩ design.1 I am your Most Obedient Servant

Go: Washington

be pleased to send the Enclosed by a faithfull Officer to be Communicated to All the Troops ⟨on the⟩ Road thro Connecticut.2

LS (mutilated), in Lord Stirling’s writing, DNDAR. Small portions of the text on the left side of the manuscript are torn off or otherwise damaged. This letter apparently was written at White Plains where Stirling commanded at this time. Stirling initially addressed the letter below the postscript to “⟨M⟩ajor Douglass.” He then struck out “Douglass” and wrote “Rogers” on the same line.

1Major Rogers’s 20th Regiment of Connecticut militia had been stationed on the Westchester County coast since early October (see Heath to Maj. Ebenezer Backus, 2 Oct., MHi: Heath Papers). For accounts of the attack that a detachment of Delaware and Virginia Continentals made on Lt. Col. Robert Rogers’s Loyalist ranger corps at Mamaroneck this evening, see Robert Hanson Harrison to Hancock, 25 Oct., and note 4.

2This enclosure has not been identified.

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