George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Steuben, 25 June 1778

From Major General Steuben

⟨Sand⟩ Pink1 6 Miles from Allens Town [N.J.]
[25 June 1778] Twelve oClock


I arrived here this morning and found Genl Scott waiting intelligence, which has since arrived that the Enemy lay last night in two Columns one at Allens Town the other at Imlays Town, this morning about Eight oClock the Column from Imlays Town moved & took the Road to Monmouth Court House, we have not yet received any intelligence of the Column at Allens Town—Colo. Moylan has just arrived here, with him I intend to set off immediately towards Cranberry & make no doubt in a few Hours to inform your Excellency with Certainty what Rout the Enemy have taken.2 I am sir your Excellencys most Obed. hum. Servt

Steuben M.G.


1Steuben apparently means Assunpink Creek, which flows northwest and southwest across Middlesex County, N.J., before entering the Delaware River near Trenton.

2Steuben wrote Brig. Gen. Charles Scott at 3:00 p.m. on this date from Hightstown, N.J.: “By Intelligence already forwarded you are no doubt acquainted that the Enemy have certainly taken the direct Road from Allen Town to Monmouth Court House, I therefore submit to your Judgement whether it would not be best to advance your Corps as far as this place I make no doubt you will communicate the intelligence you receive to the Command & Officers of all our advanced Corps” (DLC:GW).

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