George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Anthony Wayne, 14 November 1780

To Brigadier General Anthony Wayne

Hd Qrs [Passaic Falls] Novr 14th 1780

Dear Sir,

The Officer who is to command the detachment from your line, agreeably to yesterday’s orders will be refered to you for instructions. The inclosed contains the heads of such as have occurred to me—you may possibly think of others.1

If your old Hutts are too much injured. or if the Wood (for firing) about them is insufficient2—there are two places (if my memory serves me) either of which, in point of convenience & situation, would be eligable for your Winters Cantonment. The first, and which I think least liable to be beat up, is between Morristown & Mendham—on the Mountainside right of the road leading from the first to the latter & about midway—The Second is near Veal Town where the Virginians began to Hutt last Winter3—either of these, or any place between them, may answer if there are difficulties in the way of the old Hutts.

I do not know who the Officer is, that is going upon this command, but as some skill and judgment is necessary in the choice of a position, and in laying out the ground, I think it may ⟨not be amiss to send one or two in whom you can confide to make choice of the spot before the detachment arrives to prevent as well delay, as other inconveniences.4 I am Dr Sir Your most Obdt servt

G: W——n⟩

AL (incomplete), PPAmP: David Library; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Material cut from the AL is supplied in angle brackets from the draft, which GW’s aide-de-camp Tench Tilghman began but Maj. Caleb Gibbs completed; Gibbs wrote the supplied words. The remaining portion of the page cut from the AL contains a list of eleven names in Gibbs’s writing. The names apparently were of officers who held the rank of captain or lieutenant.

1The enclosure has not been identified, but it involved sending invalids and excess baggage to winter quarters (see General Orders, 13 Nov.; see also GW to William Heath, 12 Nov., and the source note above).

2For an overview of the army’s previous winter quarters at Jockey Hollow, N.J., see GW to Nathanael Greene, 30 Nov. 1779, n.2.

3The Virginia line left the winter encampment to reinforce the southern department (see GW to Samuel Huntington, 29 Nov. 1779, and the source note to that document).

4Wayne’s troops eventually established winter quarters near their previous encampment at Jockey Hollow (see Wayne to GW, 10 Dec. 1780; see also GW to Huntington, 28 Nov. 1780).

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