Revolutionary War soldier writes from West Point about troop movements


Date Written

Oct. 16, 1780

The following was written 242 years, 11 months, 17 days ago.
It was a Monday.

West Point
16th Oct 1780

Dear Elsworth,

I wrote you a few days ago by an Infantry Officer, a Frenchman but do not know his rank or Regiment, since which your agreeable favour of the 14th Inst. found its way to me which informed me of your health. I am happy to hear you are so agreeable situated & that you have plenty of Dutch girls. I doubt not that you act your part amongue them with spirits. I wish I could inform you the 2, 3, 4, & 5 Regiment of Yorkers were not agoing to the northward but it is too true to deny. The third embarked this evening and the remainder only wait for boats–the enemy have taken Fort George & Fort Anne tis said and invested Fort Schuyler. If so we are needed there. Gen'l Heath takes command here & General Green goes to the southward, we have it reported here the army is to be soon arranged and there is to be but two Regiments in the state, some few officers too many. Write to me by every opportunity. My compls. to all the gentlement I believe to be your friend & humbl serv.


I ____ to Capt. Fowler the scale of depreciation on which the state settles with us by which you can make out your accounts-- the pay same as Connecticut. I wrote to you for it as there is none of _______.

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