George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General James Clinton, 16 February 1781

To Brigadier General James Clinton

Head Quarters New Windsor Feby 16th 81


As we are making a detachment from this army, it is become expedient to withdraw a part of your brigade towards replacing it.1 You will therefore march to West Point, as speedily as possible, six companies of Col. Van Schaicks regiment, of which the light company to be one. You will make such a disposition with the rest of your brigade as you judge best calculated for the security of the frontier and the stores in that quarter. I am Sir Yr most Obed. servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, PPAmP: David Library; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For this detachment, see GW to Rochambeau, 15 Feb., and n.2.

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