George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Philemon Dickinson, 21 June 1778

From Major General Philemon Dickinson

Bordentown [N.J.] 21st June 1778,
9, OClock P.M.

Dear Sir

I am just returned from General Maxwells Quarters—have sent down three Detachments of Militia, upon different roads, to throw every possible obstruction in the Enemy’s way, & to skirmish with them, when they advance—no movement to Day, except bringing up their rear, which I believe, was the cause of so long a halt, at Holly—The Continental Troops are all drawn from the lines, except one company, this was done by my request, that they may be in readiness, to join your Excellency, whenever you think proper to order them—I expect, the Enemy will move very early in the Morning—two British Prisoners, were taken this Morning—several Deserters came in this day—Our Militia, amounts this Evening, to one thousand Privates—I am informed, many are on the roads—but too many, detained about Elizabeth Town—what Numbers, are on the right flank, & rear, cannot determine, but believe them small—have reason to expect their strength in the rear, will increase greatly—Gl Maxwell, gave me the inclosed letters.1 I have the honor to be, Your Excellency’s most Obt

Philemon Dickinson


1The enclosed letter from Brig. Gen. William Maxwell to Dickinson, dated 21 June from “Black Horse,” N.J., reads: “I have had no account from the Ene⟨my⟩ this Morning. There was a Country Man that Dezerted from the Hessian Picket between one & 2 oClock no news but that they say they were to come on to day for N. york some says they will go by Trenton others, more to our Left I could wish to see you as soon as possable before y⟨ou⟩ order any more Militia to this place” (DLC: GW). No other enclosures have been identified.

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