George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jeremiah Wadsworth, 4 May 1779

To Jeremiah Wadsworth

[Middlebrook, 4 May 1779]


Having already given you directions as to the preparations necessary in your department towards carrying on an expedition against the Indians of the six Nations1—I am now to inform you that Major General Sullivan is appointed to the command, and to desire that you will comply with his immediate requisitions for every thing which falls under the providence of your department, so far as may be consistent with the general instructions you receive from me relative to the operations of the army at large.2 Given at Head Quarters Middle Brook May 4th 1779.

Go: Washington

LS, in Richard Kidder Meade’s writing, CtHi: Jeremiah Wadsworth Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1See GW to Wadsworth, 12 and 14 Feb., and 2 March.

2Maj. Gen. John Sullivan had been appointed to command the expedition almost a month earlier, but he received orders on this date to commence the actual preparations (see Sullivan to GW, 16 April, n.1, and GW to Sullivan, this date).

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