Washington and Lee University

Sender: Richard Henry Lee
Recipient: Mann Page

Reports on the battle of Brandywine.

"Gen.Washington marched his army here after the battle and having refreshed his men with a little rest &c he yesterday recrossed the Schuylkil and was this morning about 16 miles from hence and about 12 from the enemy. Our army is in very high spirits and eagerly wish to attack the enemy 1 we every day expect another battle We have sent for a reenforcement of 2000 men from Peeks Kill2 we shall be ready quickly to give Mr. Howe a third battle, if the second shoud not content him. We have strengthened our Army by the addition of two able foreign Officers, Baron Kalb & Count Polesky. The former a Brigadr. General of great experience the latter, a Nobleman of Poland who has commanded 18000 men in his own Country he is arrived here to fight the battles of liberty over again. He is at the head of our Cavalry.3 Gates writes us that he is strong & has got up to Stillwater very near to Burgoyne, and that a few days, perhaps hours, will shew whether the British General chooses to fight or fly4 I hope by next Post to congratulate you on a glorious victory over Howes whole force, & perhaps Burgoynes fate may come about the same time Gen. Washington was this morning within 6 miles of Howe, and we should have had a battle e'er this if the heavy rain now falling had not prevented it We just now hear that the enemy having collected their force from Rhode Island, N. York &c &c were pushing thru the Jersies with 4000 men under Gen. Clinton. The Jersey Militia are collecting under Gen. Dickinson to oppose them, and 2000 men are ordered from Peeks Kill to cross the North River and come on their rear "

Notes:

Manuscript, MS not found; abstracted from extract in Charles Hamilton Autographs Catalog, no. 6 (1955), item 73.

1 Ellipses here and below in Tr.

2 On September 12 Congress had ordered 1,500 Continental troops from Peekskill, N.Y., to reinforce Washington's army. JCC, 8:736.

3 This day Johann de Kalb was appointed major general and Casimir Pulaski, brigadier general in the Continental Army. JCC, 8: 745 - 46.

4 Horatio Gates' September 10 letter was read in Congress on the 14th and is in PCC, item 154, 1:256.