George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Nathaniel Heard, 19 April 1777

To Brigadier General Nathaniel Heard

Morris Town April 19th 1777

Dear Sir

I find it necessary to make a new disposition of the forces in the Jerseys—You will please to march all the Militia under your command immediately to this place—upon the Eight[h] Pensylvania Battallion arriving to occupy the Posts you now hold—they have orders for that purpose1—Let no time be lost in the execution of this change of disposition. As soon as your troops are ready to march you will please to send me an Express. I am Sir your Obedient Servt


Df, in John Fitzgerald’s and Caleb Gibbs’s writings, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Fitzgerald wrote all of the draft except for the last sentence which was added by Gibbs.

1See GW to Benjamin Lincoln, this date. Heard’s troops were in the vicinity of Millstone, N.J. (see GW to Adam Stephen, 20 April).

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