George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Heath, 15 February 1781

Head Quarters New Windsor Feby 15th 81

Dr Sir,

Some advices which I have received will detain me here longer than I expected—I am to desire you will immediately have all the light companies of the troops under your command completed to fifty rank and file each, and assemble the whole without delay at Peeks Kill. They must be completed with shoes and as far as possible with all other necessaries, for a march to Morris Town; as it will be a pretty expeditious one it is an additional reason for having the men robust and in other respects well chosen. The Adjutant General must carefully inspect them when formed and exchange all whom he does not approve. I am with great regard Dr Sir Yr most Obedient servant

Go: Washington

P.S. I wish the troops to be ready to march from Fish Kill by the 19th at furthest. I shall instruct the Qr M. General to prepare waggons. The officers will take their light baggage & there must be a serjeant added to each Company.


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