Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 75,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Washington, George (1732-1799) to Henry Knox

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00780 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Smiths Cove, New York Type: Letter signed Date: 13 June 1779 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 26 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Sends a circular letter with a general disposition for the army (not included), "which is to be varied according to circumstances and the particular movements of the enemy," should the British attack West Point. Henry Clinton's forces had seized Stony Point and Verplank's Point on 1 June 1779 on their way up the Hudson River towards West Point.

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

Full Transcript: Circular
Head Quarters Smiths
Clove June 13th. 1779


In case the enemy march against West point, the inclosed is a general disposition for the army, which is to be varied ...according to circumstances and the particular movements of the enemy -
I am Sir
Yr. Most Obet, Servant
Go: Washington

Circular 12
From his Excellency
General Washington dated
13 June 1779.
Containing a general
disposition of the Army-

[address leaf]
Brigdr Genl. Knox
See More

People: Washington, George, 1732-1799
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: PresidentRevolutionary WarContinental ArmyMilitary HistoryWest Point (US Military Academy)Global History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: The War for Independence

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources