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Washington, George (1732-1799) to Alexander McDougall

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04215 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Valley Forge, Pennsylvania Type: Letter signed Date: 21 March 1778 Pagination: 1p + docket + addr. 33.8 x 21 cm.

Introduction of French engineer, Colonel Louis des Hayes de la Radiere, who was to superintend fortifications on the North (Hudson) River. Washington appointed de la Radiere to oversee the construction of the Hudson's Highlands in late 1777, but a dispute with General Israel Putnam, commander at the Highlands, caused de la Radiere to return to Washington's camp. Putnam went on leave in March of 1778 and General McDougall assumed his command. Shortly thereafter, Washington sent de la Radiere back.

Notes: Published in Fitzpatrick, John C. The Writings of George Washington. v. 11: 119 -20.
Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

Head Quarters 21st March 1778.
Dear Sir
This will be delivered to you by Colonel de la Radiere of the Corps of Engineers, who was employed to superintend the fortifications on the North River - but from some misunderstanding between him and the late commanding Officer, in which he thought his own honour and the Public Interest were committed, he determined to renounce the work, and return to Camp - I can safely recommend him to you as an Officer who understands his profession, and make no doubt of his giving you satisfaction, both in projecting and executing the works required for the defence of the River.
I have given instructions to Major General de la Fayette, to order Van Shoiks Regiment to march and join you without loss of time.

With great regard I am
Dear Sir
Your most obedt Servt.
Go: Washington
Major General McDougall.
[docket] Genl Washingtons of 21st March 1778 on Col Dela Radiere 94 copied WWH
[address] (on Public Service) Major General McDougall Go: Washington

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