George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, Baron [von] Steuben, 10 December 1780

Head Quarters New Windsor Decr 10th 1780

Dear Sir

I have received the three Letters you did me the favor to write, before you Left Philadelphia; and have made, representation to Congress respecting the Inspector Department agreeable to your request.

This Moment I am also favored with Yours of the 24th Ulto from Richmond, and am pleased to find you are still pursuing, with indefatigable industry, those measures which will tend so much to promote the public Service.

You will see by the Dating of this Letter that Head Quarters are at the same place they were in the Campaign of 1779—The Army is Cantoned in the following manner: the Pennsylvania Line near Morris Town—the Jersey Brigade at the entrance of the Clove to cover the Communication—the New York Brigade in the Vicinity of Albany furnishing the Garrison of Fort Schuyler—and the New England Lines at West Point & its dependencies; the Regts much weakened by discharging the Levies.

It is reported from New York that the Enemy are about to make another Detachment, consisting of 1 Battalion Grenadiers—1 Batt. Lt Infantry—1 Batt. Hessian Grenadiers—Knyphausen’s Regt—42nd British—a Draft of 5 Men from each Company in the Line, and two Troops of Light Dragoons, under the Generals Knyphausen & Philips—their destination conjectured to be Southward. I shall be glad to hear from you often & am Dear Baron with great esteem & regard Your Most Obedt Hble Servt

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