George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomas Sim Lee, 6 September 1780

Head Quarters Bergen County Septr 6th 1780


In consequence of the disagreeable intelligence of the defeat of the Army, under Major General Gates, which I have just received: I think it expedient to countermand the march of the Troops which were ordered from Maryland to join the Main Army. I am therefore to request Your Excellency to give directions for the Regiment lately raised for the War, as well, as for all the Recruits of your State (as soon as they can possibly be collected and organized) to march immediately to the Southward, and put themselves under the Orders of the Commanding Officer in that department.

Altho I have not had the particulars of the late disaster, or of how extensive a nature it is: Yet it is certain the exigency is such, as will demand the most vigorous & spirited Measures to retrieve our affairs and check the Enemy: And I cannot entertain a doubt, but Your Excellency and the State will use every exertion to give activity and dispatch to the march of the Troops; and to all the Measures necessary for the protection of the Southern States.

I have enclosed this Letter open to the Board of War, that in case the Regt in question is on its March from Maryland it may be ordered to return without delay. I have the honor to be Your Excellencys Most Obedient and very Humble Servant

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