George Washington Papers

Circular to Brigadiers of the Virginia Line, 18 January 1778

Circular to Brigadiers of the Virginia Line

Head Quarters [Valley Forge] Jany 18th 1778


As the time of service of part of the Virginia Troops has already expired, and many more will shortly petition for discharges upon the same claim; It will be necessary for the Brigadiers, and Commandants in that Line, to meet, and come to some determination with respect to the mode of doing it. I have therefore to request that you will take such steps, and precaution, as will put it out of the Power of any man to obtain dismission, who is not justly entitled to it, & that you will look forward to the number of Troops that will remain, and the officers necessary to Command them.1 I am Sir Your most Obet hum. Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Richard Kidder Meade’s writing, CSmH; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The LS transcribed here was sent to George Weedon; the Varick transcript notes that copies also were sent to brigadier generals William Woodford, Peter Muhlenberg, and Charles Scott.

1George Weedon wrote GW on 20 Jan. reporting the recommendations of the Virginia brigadier generals and brigade commanders on this subject.

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