George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General Mordecai Gist, 27 July 1779

From Brigadier General Mordecai Gist

27 July 1779

The entire command of the North River appears to be a principal object with the enemy whose present movements seem1 to be calculated to divert our Attention from this post that they may with the greater facilty and Assurance of success through the advantage of their shipping attack and carry our Works;2 these reasons Induce me to believe that the execution of any offensive plan at this Juncture, may not operate to advantage—notwithstanding, I am of opinion that a Movement of part of our Army on each side the River within supporting distance of this post to shew a disposition of attack on their Works, may in some measure counteract their scheme of plundering by detachments, and perhaps afford an opportunity of attacking part of their force successfully.3 I am with due deference & Respect Yr Excellencys Mo. Obdt Hum: Servant

M: Gist

ALS, DLC:GW; LB, NN: Mordecai Gist Letter Book; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Gist inadvertently wrote “seems” on his signed letter. He wrote “seem” in his letter book.

2Gist is referring to West Point.

3Gist responded to considerations introduced at the second Council of General Officers, 26 July.

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