George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major Daniel Burchardt, 20 March 1779

From Major Daniel Burchardt

Minisink [N.Y.] March 20th 1779


Received your Excellancy, letter dated 26 Ult.; concerning, the Cathridges, that was furnished, the German, Battalion, I left, the Regiment, at Fish Kills, Colo. Weltner, was the, Commanding Officer—several times, large party’s, where Detached, up the North River, in collecting Farage for the Use, of the Army, in Exceeding bad Weather, which was, the Ocasion, of a Quantity, of Cathridges being, Destroyed, a party, was sent, to mend the, Road, in Connecticut State, there Arms, Ammunition where, in the Waggon, which Occasioned, a Number to be lost, in Escorting, the Convention Troops, a Quantity, where Damaged, not fit for use, two Boxes of Damaged, Cathridges, where Deposited, in the Waggon, which did not follow, in Eight Days, after our Marching—through the, neglect of the Guard, where lost, I called on the, Officers conce[r]ning, the Firring, of the Cathridges, at Easton, on New Year Eave, theey blame, Capt. Rice1—am, Exceeding Unhappy, to Inform your Excellancy, of any Delinquency, in Any, Officar Under my Command, when I cam, to the Regiment they had, but a few Cathridges, I Applyed to the Board of War, for a Supply, they granted it. I am Your Excellancy Most Obedient Humble Servt

Daniel Burchardt

LS, DLC:GW. The cover indicates that this letter was sent to GW by express.

1Frederick William Rice (d. 1805) joined the German Battalion as a first lieutenant in July 1776 and became a captain in January 1777. Court-martialed on charges of insulting and abusing Lt. Col. Ludwig Welter, he was found not guilty on 23 Oct. 1780. Rice retired from the army in January 1781.

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