George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Lord Stirling Alexander, 30 August 1780

Hd Qrs 30th Aug. 1780

My Lord

As it appears by some recent intelligence, that the Enemy are removing from Long Island to York Island—And as their movement from the latter (by way of Spiten Devil can be mas[k]ed & rapid) I request your Lordship to give a standing order while we remain in this position to the Regiment on the left of Poors Brigade, in case of a landing and firing at the Picket on their left, to march immediately to its support—taking care not to let the Enemy gain their left flank—This Regt may be followed by others from the same Brigade if necessary, the succeeding Regts to form on their right.

The same order may be given in behalf of Closter landing to the left Regt in the 4th Massachusetts Brigade &c. I am with much esteem Your Lordships Most Obedient Servt

Go. Washington.


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