George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Lewis Nicola, 21 June 1781

Head Quarters New Windsor June 21st 1781


In consequence of the Resolution of Congress of the 13th of June, I have to request that you will march the Corps of Invalids under your Command to the Garrison of West Point.

It is almost unnecessary to inform you, that it is my earnest wish, if the greatest attention should be paid to the convenience & accomodation of this body of Veterans both on their march & in quarters, and that the greatest possible number of them should be brought on by easy Marches to the point of destination, as soon as the circumstances will admit. Orders of a similar nature have already been sent to the Detachment of the Corps now in Boston.

You must be sensible, sir, the exigencies of the service require that every Man capable of doing Garrison duty should be marched to West Point or the Order would not have been given. The pleasant & healthy situation of the Garrison, which is remarkable for the uncommon salubrity of its air—the accomodations of a stationary Post—and the importance of trusting its defence to a body of tried Men, all point out very forcibly the propriety of employing your Corps as a part of the Garrison.

You will be pleased to inform me as soon as possible, when you will March, when you may be expected to arrive, and what number of Men May be depended upon. I am Sir Your Hble Servant.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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