George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General Lachlan McIntosh, 19 March 1779

From Brigadier General Lachlan McIntosh

Fort McIntosh [Pa.] 19th March 1779.


I am Just Setting off for Fort Laurens with about two hundred men I have Collected of the Militia & better than three hundred Continental Troops from this Garrison & Fort Pitt but unfortunately have not Collected Horses Enough to carry the Quantity of Provision I intended or would be Necessary & as the time will not admitt of an Hours Delay to wait for any more, I consulted the principle Men from each County with all the field Officers who are Unanimously of opinion that Fort Laurens is a post of Such Consequence that it should not be evacuated by any Means if it can possibly be kept & that it may be defended by 100 Men if provision cannot be carryed for more. & indeed we are scarce enough of it here, not above one Months provision upon this side of the Mountains.

The dificulty of getting it over, & distance of Carriage is the Grand objection to every Enterprise from this quarter.

I have thought it necessary to Leave Colo. Brodhead on that Accot here, & use every Exertion in getting further supplys soon. Major Taylor also is ordered down the Country for the Same purpose & to hurry the staff Departmt least they Disapoint us. and nothing can be had on this side.

I had Some intelligence last Night from Coochauchking which I have desired the Colonel to give you the particulars of as I have not time it appears the Savages are all Combined against us.1 I have the Honor to be very Respectfully. Your Excellencys most obt Hble servt

Lachn McIntosh B.G.

I had the Honor to write to your Excelly a few Days ago by a Mr John Bowen pretty fully.2


1For the recent intelligence from Coshocton, see Daniel Brodhead to GW, 21 March, and the enclosures with that document.

2McIntosh apparently is referring to his letter of 12 March to GW.

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