George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Alexander McDougall, 4 July 1779

To Major General Alexander McDougall

Head Quarters New Windsor 4th July 1779.

Dear Sir

To day being the anniversary of independence you will be pleased to have it taken notice of by discharging thirteen peices of cannon at one oClock.1

I wish we had it in our power to distribute a portion of rum to the Soldiers, to exhilerate their spirits upon the occasion; but unfortunately our stock is too scanty to permit.2 I am Dear Sir Your most Obedt servt

Go: Washington

P.S. Major Beauman3 told me yesterday he had some damaged powder, this had best be made use of.

LS, in Caleb Gibbs’s writing, NNPM; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

2For the army’s rum shortage, see GW to McDougall, 28 June, and n.1 to that document.

3GW is referring to Maj. Sebastian Bauman.

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