George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Nathanael Greene, 27 December 1780

To Major General Nathanael Greene

Head Quarters New Windsor 27th Decr 1780

Dear Sir

I have nothing to communicate, but that the detachment, which I mentioned in mine of the 13th, on board about twenty transports fell down to the Hook on the 19th and it is supposed went to sea the same day. The numbers in this detachment are variously reported—The Grenadiers and Light Infantry were once under orders, but they were countermanded and other Corps substituted. I have little doubt of their being bound to the southward, and I should think they would not send under two thousand, from the appearance of the situation of their affairs in that quarter.1 Whenever I gain more certain intelligence, it shall be transmitted to you2 by Dear Sir Your most obt and humble Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, MiU-C: Greene Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For this expedition, see GW to Samuel Huntington, this date, and n.2 to that document; see also Anthony Wayne to GW, 25 Dec., n.2.

2GW subsequently confirmed British brigadier general Benedict Arnold as the commander of 1,600 troops that sailed on 20 Dec. (see his letter to Greene, 2 Jan. 1781, NNGL).

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