The order of battle for the campaign of 1782. Includes major generals Heath and Gates.
“Headquarters Newburgh August 29th, 1782
“The general order of encampment and order of battle for the main army this campaign will be in one line, with a reserve organised and commanded as follows
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“The reserve for the present to consist of the 2 Connecticut and 8 Massachusetts brigades, commanded as above, they are to encamp when the ground will admit of it, two hundred paces in the rear of the line.
“Major General Lord Stirling will be pleased to repair to Albany and take the immediate command of that brigade of his division which is to the northward together with the State troops in that quarter.”
What is the overall purpose of this document?
How were the soldiers organized? What in the document shows you this? What would be the reasons for this organization?
What is meant by the term “reserve” in the document? What does the document show about the use of the “reserve”?
How might the geography impact the determined order of encampment? What evidence in the document shows this impact?
Research the order of encampment of other regiments of the Continental Army. How does this one compare?
English Language Arts: Imagine you are a soldier at the encampment. Write a journal entry describing your experiences, what you are observing and your feelings prior to battle.
Art: Using information from the document, draw a picture that would represent the order of encampment, including what you believe the geography of the land would look like.