George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General James Mitchell Varnum, 5 October 1777

From Brigadier General James Mitchell Varnum

Cross Roads [N.J.] 5th Octr 1777.


I am now, with the Troops under my Command, fifteen Miles from Morristown, & thirty five from Coryell’s Ferry, which we shall be able to reach Tomorrow Evening. We left King’s Ferry on Wednesday Morning last,1 & have made no Halt, excepting half the Day, Yesterday. The Detachment consists of one Hundred & four Officers, Twenty one Staff and Eleven Hundred & Twenty six Noncommissioned Officers & Privates. Besides which Colo. Bradley accompanies us with about one Hundred belonging to the Battalion under General McDougle. Your Excellency’s Commands will be chearfully received, & obediently executed, by your very Obedient & most humble Servant

J. M. Varnum


1The previous Wednesday was 1 October.

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