George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General John Sullivan, 27 June 1779

From Major General John Sullivan

[Wyoming, Pa., 27 June 1779]

Extract of a letter from Genl Sullivan Dated at Wyoming June 27th 1779.1

“Our stores are not yet arrived.

“I am distressed on account of our Beef & hard bread being almost ruined. I wrote your Excellency fully on this head yesterday2 Court-landts & Spencers Regts have wore out all their Cloaths in clearing the Roads many of them have not even a piece of a shirt & those Corps which I find on the ground are nearly in the same situation. I wish the Cloathier might be directed to send on Shirts to Col. Hooper with orders to forward them on or many of the Soldiers must be totally useless during the campaign. I am surprised that after every measure has been taken by your Excellency to equip the army and every possible application has been made by myself There has been so total a neglect of this department.”

L (extract), in Richard Kidder Meade’s writing, enclosed in GW to John Jay, 15 Aug. 1779, DNA:PCC, item 166; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169.

1Rev. William Rogers wrote a journal entry at Wyoming for Sunday, 27 June: “Agreeably to yesterday’s orders, preached at ten o’clock, A.M., near the fort to General Hand’s brigade and Colonel Proctor’s regiment; General Sullivan with his suite were present…. This day, with the three preceding, exceedingly sultry” (Sullivan Expedition Journals, description begins Frederick Cook, ed., and George S. Conover, comp. Journals of the Military Expedition of Major General John Sullivan against the Six Nations of Indians in 1779 With Records of Centennial Celebrations. Auburn, N.Y., 1887. description ends 249).

2Sullivan almost certainly means his letter to GW of 25 June.

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