16 October 1778
Washington, George (1732-1799)
Title: At a council of war held at Frederickburgh Octr 16th 1778
Knox's handwritten copy of Washington's queries to his Council of War. Washington informs the Council that the British force consists of two divisions (one at New York and one at Rhode Island). A detachment from New York were recently "employed in a Forage" in New Jersey. Notes that the New York fleet was still in the harbor on 9 October, and was rumored to be planning to sail for Boston. A Continental officer, recently a prisoner of the enemy, reported that a large body of British troops embarked "destin'd for the Southward." Notes that General John Sullivan has command of troops surrounding Providence, Rhode Island. Writes, "From this State of Facts and under these Circumstances, the Commander in chief requests the Opinion of the Council, whether it will be prudent and adviseable to make a detachment of the main Army towards Boston, & of what Force." Also asks the Council's advice on location and organization of troops in winter quarters.