Hutts New York Line Jany the 19th 1782
Haveing gained the Best Intelligence, from a post the Enemy Occupys on [Bargin] Neck, which Consist of one Major, whose Name is Ward: and about one Hundred & thirty men, with four peases Cannon.—I am well Inform’d that their Guards, Consist of a Small Number, indeed, their sentinels, are the greatest proof, for they have but two, one at the Commanding officer Door, and the other at the Gate. this Fort, is Dirt thrown up, and a Good Abatis Round the Works. if your Excellencey Should approve of a Suprise on that Garison, I make no Doubt (with your Directions) I should Succed, and Render a Service to my Country. I am Sir, with the Greatest Respect, Your Excellencey Very Humble Servent
John F. Hamtramck Capt.
2d N.Y. Regt Light Infantry
DLC: Papers of George Washington.