Fort Pitt Augt 29th 1781
Since my last one man was killed by the Indians near the mouth of Cross creek. I suppose this hath been done by some of the Enemies spies.
The Country has taken the alarm and several hundred Men are now in arms upon the frontier. I hope we shall be able to repel the Enemy.
The Maryland Corps was stationed at a post on the frontier of westmoreland County and have in a body deserted and crossed the Mountains. Indeed I am apprehensive the other Corps will soon follow their example, if their sufferings are not speedily attended to.
I have sent spies up the Alleghany with orders to proceed to presquisle, and further if it is practicable, to discover the enemy should they actually be on that route, and if possible to bring me a prisoner.
Things here are in the utmost confusion some officers confessing me to be the commanding officer and others Col. Gibson nor is it likely they will alter untill your Excellencies pleasure is expressed. I have the honor to be with the most sincere attachment & respect your Excellencies most obedt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.