George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Frédéric, baron de Kalb, 22 March 1780

Camp 22d March 1780 1/2 an hour past 11 at night.


I, This moment, receive intelligence that "the enemy are making great preparations in New york, that they intend to march upon us as Soon as the roads will admit; that their rout is intended to be through New brunswick to Newarck. all the inhabitants of N. york are imbodied for the purpose of garrisoning this city. a great number of flat boats are built, and now lay in the bason. Col. Simcoe is to have twelve boats or waggons with 6 oarsmen to each. Cornelius Hattfield is to cruize in Newark bay with ten boats for which he is raising men at 4 shillings per day. Near 20 horse vessels are fitted, one of which fell down to Cole’s ferry the day before yesterday, with ten flat boats." My informer adds that those vessels are to transport Simcoe’s horses from place to place. I have the honour to be with great respect Sir your Excellency’s Most obedient & humble servant

The Baron de Kalb

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