George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Enoch Poor, 3 August 1780

To Brigadier General Enoch Poor

Hd Qrs Peeks kill 3d August 1780


I have just rec’d your favor of this date.1 The sooner you take your command in the Light Infantry the better—But before you leave the Brigade2 you will be pleased to order the officer who will succeed you in the command to move down with the Brigade & debark at the West side of Kings ferry, & fall in with the line of march agreeable to the Genl order of this day—You will also send forward some Officer to consult with the Qr Mr Genl, on the means of transporting yr Baggage &c. from that place. I am &c.


P.s. The light Infantry are to cross the River at 4 OClock tomorrow morning.

Df, in Richard Kidder Meade’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1On this date, Poor wrote GW from West Point, N.Y.: “I this Morning received the General Orders of the 1st Instant wherein the Arrangement of the Army is publish⟨d⟩ and find I am appointed to the Command of a Brigade of Light Infantry. I beg to know whether I am to join immediately or wait for further orders” (LS, MH: Jared Sparks Collection).

2Poor commanded the New Hampshire brigade.

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