Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 1

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Author: Philip Schuyler

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From Major-General Schuyler.

Fort Edward, 9 July, 1777.

DEAR SIR,

Since I wrote you from Saratoga, I have not been able to learn what is become of General St. Clair and the enemy. The army followed the troops that came to Skenesborough as far as Fort Ann, where they were yesterday repulsed; notwithstanding which, Colonel Long, contrary to my express orders, evacuated that post. I am here, at the head of a handful of men, not above fifteen hundred, without provisions, little ammunition, not above five rounds to a man, having neither ball, nor lead to make any; the country in the deepest consternation; no carriages to move the stores from Fort George, which I expect every moment to learn is attacked. And what adds to my distress, is, that a report prevails that I had given orders for the evacuation of Ticonderoga, whereas not the most distant hint of such an intention can be drawn from any of my letters to General St. Clair, or any other person whatever. I am informed, from undoubted authority, that the garrison was reënforced with twelve hundred men at least two days before the evacuation, and that eighty head of cattle had got in, and a number of sheep. What could induce the General Officers to a step that has ruined our affairs in this quarter, God only knows.

By the information of some of the prisoners I learn, that the enemy have already a brigade on the way from Skenesborough to this place. General Nixon’s is not yet come up; but, if it does, we shall still be too weak to make any capital opposition. I will, however, throw as many obstructions in the enemy’s route as possible. A party is parading to fell trees across the road between this and Fort Ann, to take up all the bridges, drive off all the cattle, and bring away the carriages.

I inclose your Excellency a proclamation of General Burgoyne, which he has caused to be industriously spread through the country, and, I fear, will be attended with the most evil consequences to us. I am, dear Sir,

Your Excellency’s most obedient, humble servant,

PHILIP SCHUYLER.

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Chicago: Philip Schuyler, "From Major-General Schuyler.," Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 1 in Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, ed. Jared Sparks (Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1853), 395–396. Original Sources, accessed July 24, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4BPRXB66BLXC39W.

MLA: Schuyler, Philip. "From Major-General Schuyler." Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 1, in Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, edited by Jared Sparks, Vol. 1, Freeport, NY, Books for Libraries Press, 1853, pp. 395–396. Original Sources. 24 Jul. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4BPRXB66BLXC39W.

Harvard: Schuyler, P, 'From Major-General Schuyler.' in Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 1. cited in 1853, Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, ed. , Books for Libraries Press, Freeport, NY, pp.395–396. Original Sources, retrieved 24 July 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4BPRXB66BLXC39W.