George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Captain Lachlan McIntosh, Jr., 27 May 1778

To Captain Lachlan McIntosh, Jr.

[Valley Forge, 27 May 1778]

Captain Lachlan McIntosh of the first Georgia Regiment is to attend Brigadier General McIntosh in the Western Department while he shall have occasion for him, acquainting his Commanding Officer in Georgia of the same, when Opportunity offers.

The Captain’s stay in Camp this Winter for improving himself in discipline is approved and while he remains with the General he is to act as Brigade inspector to the Troops under his command. His rank in the line of the Army is not to be prejudiced by this appointment or his absence on the command on which he is now ordered. Given at Head Qrs this 27th day of May Anno Domini 1778.

Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

Lachlan McIntosh, Jr. (d. 1783), Brig. Gen. Lachlan McIntosh’s favorite son, had been commissioned a lieutenant in the 1st Georgia Regiment in January 1776 before being promoted to captain.

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