George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Reid, 15 June 1782

Head-Quarters, Newburgh 15th June 1782


I have been favored with your Letter of the 8th instant.

I have directed your Wants both in the Military stores and Quartermaster Department to be supplied—and you will soon receive a Quantity of Cartriges from General Knox’s Order.

I am sorry for the Misfortune you suffered from your Fall; and am glad that you are so far recovered as to be able to return to your Duty.

I must recommend to you to be very active and vigorous in your Command; and to give particular Instructions to your Scouts to be watchful and alert in their Duty, not only to prevent Surprizes from the Enemy, but to gain every Intelligence possible of any Movement or Approach of the Enemy either from the West or North. I have been lately informed, from high up Connecticut River, that the Enemy are coming in Force across the Lake Champlain to take Post at Crown Point—You do not make mention of any Discoveries from that Quarter—have any Scouts lately been on that Route? I wish you to be punctual in giving me every Intelligence of this Nature that you can obtain, and that you think may be depended on.

I am to desire that you will, as far as it is practicable in your dispersed Situation, attend closely to the disciplining and training the Men of the New Hampshire Regiment—make the Rules and Regulations for the Government of the Army your Guide, that Uniformity may prevail in the Army, however seperated and dispersed the several Parts of it may be. I am, Sir, Your very humble Servant

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