George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel Daniel Brodhead, 16 March 1779

From Colonel Daniel Brodhead

Fort McIntosh [Pa.] March 16th 1779.

Dear General.

I am greatly Oblidged for the Honor of your kind Letter of the 15th last Month.

It was with great diffidence I mentioned the disaffection of the Officers towards General McIntosh, fearing it would give you additional Trouble, But I reflected that it might be better to do it at that Time, than be under the disagreeable Necessity of doing it at a future Day, when an enquiry might be attended with greater injury to the Service, and most of the Officers of the Line & Staff, (who are now acquainted with the Duty of this Department) had given in their resignations, or petitioned your Excellency to order a General Court Martial for his Trial. And indeed I should have been happy, could the General have been usefully employed in another Department, without experiencing that disquietude, which must Naturally arise on the exhibition of Complaints against him.

I am very Sensible that General McIntosh does not want Capacity, But am doubtfull of his usefulness in this Department, after so general a disaffection as appears to prevail. And believe he is so sensible of this himself, as to incline him to make application for leave to pay a Visit to the State of Georgia, & Should he not be indulged with such Liscence, I have heard him say he would Resign.1

Nothing can give me greater Pleasure than, the knowledge of this Department’s being under your Excellencies particular care & Direction, as I flatter myself it cannot fail of Success; For now nothing will be thought a hardship be the task ever so difficult, or the Danger ever so great; Such is your Excellencies happy Influence, And I am surprized Gentlemen do not with great emulation Copy the Example daily before them.

My best exertions shall not be wanting to prevent every ill founded uneasiness, and to cultivate Harmony; But I should want Candor if I promised Success—With every mark of the highest Regard & Esteem I have the Honor to be your Excellencies most Obedt Humble Servt

Daniel Brodhead Colo. 8th P. Regt


1For the departure of Brig. Gen. Lachlan McIntosh as commander of the western department and the decision to replace him with Brodhead, see GW to Brodhead and to McIntosh, both 5 March; McIntosh to GW, 12 March; and Brodhead to GW, 3 April; see also GW to Gouverneur Morris, 20 March.

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