George Washington Papers

Instructions to Brigadier General Thomas Conway, 19 May 1777

Instructions to Brigadier General Thomas Conway

[Morristown, 19 May 1777]


The Congress having been pleased to appoint you to the rank of Brigadier General in the Armies of the United States of America, the following Regiments (from the State of Pennsylvania in a division to be Commanded by Major Genl Lord Stirling) are intended at present, to compose your Brigade, vizt third, Wood’s, 6th Magaw’s, 9th Morris’s1 and 12th Cooke’s.

These Regiments, being at present in an unassembled and detached Situation cannot be drawn into a collective body immediately without exposing some of the Posts, but as it is necessary you should be acquainted with the State and Condition of your Brigade, as soon as possible, it may not be amiss to visit such parts of it as are upon the Lines, thereby also acquiring some knowledge of the country. Given at Head Quarters at Morris Town this 19th day of May 1777.

G. Washington

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Anthony James Morris (d. 1831) served as major of 1st Continental Regiment from January to October 1776 when he became lieutenant colonel of the 2d Pennsylvania Regiment. Named colonel of the 9th Pennsylvania Regiment on 12 Mar. 1777, Morris apparently never assumed command of the regiment, but he did not decline the appointment until June 1777.

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