George Washington letter to William Smallwood, 1782

First page of a handwritten letter

Letter sent by George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of the American Continental Army, to Major General William Smallwood, Newburgh, July 1782.

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In this letter General George Washington requests information about recruits and supplies from Major General William Smallwood (1732-1792), who was in charge of American forces in Annapolis, Maryland.

Maryland was officially part of the responsibility of the American Southern Army under the command of Major General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786). Washington explains that, as Commander-in-Chief, he wants regular reports from Smallwood.

Although the British had been defeated at Yorktown in 1781, the American commanders still consider the remaining British forces to be a threat.

[NLS reference: MS.594, no. 2050]


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