Thursday May 17th 1781
The Enemy having embarked a considerable number of troops lately at New York the General thinks it necessary (though the destination of them is not yet known) to have a detachment of four hundred men immediately formed & held in readiness to march at an hour’s warning.
This Corps is to consist of a Colonel Lieutenant Colonel and Major, eight Captains Sixteen Subalterns with staff and Non-commissioned officers proportioned.
Colonel Scammell will command it and ’till further orders may lay encamped contiguous to King’s ferry and be ready to support the Party on the lines.
The Detachment now on the lines to be immediately relieved by Detail from the Army at large; the Relief to consist of a number equal to the detachment previous to the disaster of the 14th inst.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.