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Horatio Gates to General Ward, Fresh Troops Fort Ticonderoga, November 9, 1776
Letter from Horatio Gates at Fort Ticonderoga to General Ward regarding a transfer of fresh troops for the exhausted and diseased ones
Ticonderoga November 9th 1776
The Deputies from the State of New Hampshire, have informed me, that there is a Continental Regiment, raised in that State, under the command of Colonel Pierce Long, Stationed at Portsmouth as the Regiments from that State, now at this post, have suffered exceedingly by Defeat, Disease, & Fatigue, it would most certainly be fore the Immediate Benefit of the Service, that Col. Lon’s Regiment should be Order’d to March directly to this place, and the Three Regiments commanded by Stark, Poor, & Reed, shall, upon their arrival, march to Portsmouth, where they can not only be Recruited, but recover’d and refresh’d after the almost unspeakable Fatigue & Distress they have undergone. I beg you to determine upon this matter, without referring it to any
any one, but the General Court of your State, as it would defeat every good intention, to delay it longer.
Your Affectionate &