Head-Quarters Hunt’s House [Hopewell, N.J.]
Wednesday June 24th 78.
Officers are on no Account to be absent from their Encampment and are to be particularly vigilant to prevent their men from stragling.
The Troops in point of provision and every other respect are to be held in constant readiness for moving when the General beats which will be the signal for marching. The Commanding Officers of Corps are to make accurate returns of the Axes, Tomahawks and other such tools in possession of their Corps.
Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
GW’s aide James McHenry wrote in his diary on this date: “In consequence of intelligence from Gen. Dickinson we remain on the ground we took possession of yesterday—The day spent in digesting intelligence, & in decyphering the Enemys intentions. … The seventh day since the evacuation of Philada & the Enemy but near Allens Town. this gives rise to a conjecture that their delay is not the consequence of obstructions, broken Bridges &c. but that it proceeds from a desire of giving us Battle. I don’t think so” (NN: Emmet Collection; see also McHenry, Journal, 4).
A British brigade order book recorded the British army’s movements on this date: “The 2nd division, under Lieutenant-General Knyphausen, marched at 4 o’clock in the morning, and formed upon the heights above Wall’s Mills, whilst a bridge over Crosswick Creek, which had been destroyed by the enemy, was repaired; this was completed about 11 o’clock, and all the column over it by 12, bending their course to Emely’s Town [Imlaystown, three miles east of Allentown], where they arrived about 3 o’clock and lay that night. As soon as General Clinton received advice of General Knyphausen’s column having passed the bridge and destroyed it, he moved forward with the 1st division from Crosswick towards Allenstown, thereby covering the left flank of Lieutenant-General Knyphausen’s column” (Whinyates, Services of Francis Downman, description begins F. A. Whinyates, ed. The Services of Lieut.-Colonel Francis Downman, R.A., in France, North America, and the West Indies, between the Years 1758 and 1784. Woolwich, England, 1898. description ends 67).