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Orders for Wood Cutting Expedition

New York, April 30, 1780.


You will be pleased to order a Detachment of a Captain and 100 Men, from the Garrison at Paulis Hook to march from thence tomorrow Morning at Day-break with One day’s Provisions.-

This Detachment will proceed upon the Road leading to the English Neighbourhood, and the Commanding Officer will take Post upon the Heights, half a Mile below Bulls Ferry, upon the North River, in such manner as will most effectually cover a Body of Refugees under Col. CUYLER, who are to take Post, and establish themselves, at the Place above mentioned this Night, in order to cut wood for the Army. The Distance from Paulis Hook is Eight Miles.

The Detachment will remain till Sun Set and then return to their Quarters, and the Officer Commanding the Party will communicate with Mr. CUYLER in such manner, as may most effectually tend to forward this Service.

I have only further to observe that Mr. CUYLER is not to be understood as having any Military Rank upon this Occasion.

I am, Sir, &c.

Major LUMM

Letters of General Pattison, page 391, Collections of the New-York Historical Society, 1875.

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