George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Zebulon Butler, 29 December 1780

Head Quarters New Windsor 29th Decemr 1780


The Honble the Congress having, in order to remove all cause of jealousy and discontent between the States of Pennsylvania and Connecticut, directed me to withdraw the present Garrison of Wyoming and to replace them with troops from the Continental Army not belonging to the line of Pennsylvania or Connecticut or Citizens of either of the said States, I have for that purpose ordered Capt. Mitchell of the Jersey line to relieve you—You will therefore upon his arrival deliver up the post to him and march immediately with all the Men at present under your command and join the Army in the neighbourhood of this place. I am well aware of the difficulty which there will be of bringing away the Men of Ransoms Company, but I trust and shall expect that you will exert yourself to do it effectually, because if they remain behind in any numbers, it will seem like an intention to elude the Resolve above recited.

You will, before you march, give Capt. Mitchell—every necessary information respecting the situation of the Country, and make him acquainted with those characters upon whom he can depend for advice and intelligence in case of an incursion of the Enemy. I am &c.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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