Jefferson to His Excellency Gen Washington

Richmond, April 23, 1781. Sir, On the 18th instant, the enemy came from Portsmouth up James river, in considerable force, though their numbers are not yet precisely known to us. They landed at Burwell’s Ferry, below Williamsburg, and also a short distance above the mouth of Chickahominy. This latter circumstance obliged Colonel Innis, who commanded …

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The Recruiting Service


From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. April 22.—It may be relied on, that the recruiting service for the Continental army has lately gone on with more rapidity and success than for a long time past. A single officer, who has not been long upon that …

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