George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Philip Van Cortlandt, 25 August 1781

25 August 1781


You will take charge of the Clothing, the Boats, Intrenching Tools, and such other Stores as shall be committed to your Care by the Quarter Master General: With these you are to proceed (in the Order they are mentioned) to Springfield, by the way of Suffern’s, Pompton, the two Bridges and Chatham.

When you arrive at Springfield you will put yourself under the Orders of Majr Genl Lincoln, or any other (your Senr) officer commandg at that place. You will also, if occasion should require it alter the above Route agreeably to Orders from either Major Genl Lincoln or the Quarter M. Genl.

You will be particularly careful to collect all your Men that are in a proper condition to march and will use your best endeavours to prevent desertion. Given at Kings ferry this 25 Day of Augt 1781.

G. Washington

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