To Major General Israel Putnam
Hd Qrs Middlebrook 19 April 1779.
On examining the return from Peeks kill of General Poors brigade, which was some time since directed to that place, I was surprised to find that only 457 rank and file had arrived. You will immediately on receipt of this letter, give express and positive orders, for all such as remain, however employed, to join their respective regiments without further delay.1 I am sir &.
Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
1. For the movement of Brig. Gen. Enoch Poor’s brigade to reinforce Maj. Gen. Alexander McDougall in the Hudson Highlands, see GW to Putnam, 6, 16, and 17 March, and Putnam’s first letter to GW, 22 March. McDougall wrote to GW on 15 April (first letter) complaining of the weakness of Poor’s brigade.