George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Lieutenant Colonel Henry Haskell, 13 February 1778

To Lieutenant Colonel Henry Haskell

Head Quarters Valley Forge Feby 13th 1778


I am informed, that you have been since September last, absent from your regiment, on a furlough given you by General Gates; which must be supposed to have expired before this; I have to desire you will, without fail, immediately join your regiment. I am &c.


Df, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The Varick transcript incorrectly identifies the recipient as Jonathan Haskell.

Henry Haskell (1738–1807) of Shirley, Mass., served as captain of a company of minutemen in the spring of 1775 and in 1776 as a captain in Col. William Prescott’s 7th Continental Regiment. In January 1777 Haskell became lieutenant colonel of the 15th Massachusetts Regiment, and he apparently left the army by July 1779.

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