Guide to the George Washington letter to the officer commanding the militia in the county of Monmouth, June 14, 1780

George Washington letter to the officer commanding the militia in the county of Monmouth C0381


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator Washington, George, 1732-1799
Title George Washington letter to the officer commanding the militia in the county of Monmouth
Date June 14, 1780
Physical Characteristics 0.12 Linear Feet (1 box)
Abstract Letter from George Washington (written by one of his staff and signed by Washington) requesting militia support in transmitting intelligence in the area of Monmouth in New Jersey.
Collection Number C0381
Language English .

Historical Note

Monmouth County, New Jersey was the site of the Battle of Monmouth in June, 1778, in which the Continental Army attacked British forces retreating across New Jersey (Stockwell, "Battle of Monmouth"). Two years after the battle, in June 1780, Colonel Tye (an escaped formerly enslaved man) and the Black Brigade, a guerilla force fighting for the British against their former enslavers, captured Barnes Smock, a leader of the Monmouth County Militia, and several of his men ("Colonel Tye," Africans in America).

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Content Description

One page letter written by a member of George Washington's staff and signed by Washington requesting the assistance of the militia of Monmouth County, New Jersey in transmitting intelligence.

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Arrangement

The collection consists of a single item.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Public Domain. There are no known restrictions.

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Related Material

The letter is part of the Hayden B. Peake Historical Intelligence Collection.

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Index Terms

Subjects:

Military intelligence -- Great Britain
Military intelligence -- United States
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Avaliable

A digitized version of this document can be found here.

Preferred Citation

George Washington letter to the officer commanding the militia in the county of Monmouth, C0381, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Special Collections Research Center by Hayden B. Peake in 2014. The letter is part of the Hayden B. Peake Historical Intelligence Colletion.

Processing Information

Processed by Elizabeth Beckman in October 2021. EAD markup by Elizabeth Beckman in October 2021.

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Bibliography

'Colonel Tye, 1753-1780,' Africans in America, Part 2: Revolution, 1750-1805. PBS Online. Accessed October 12, 2021.

Stockwell, Mary, 'Battle of Monmouth,' Digital Encyclopedia, Washington Library, Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, 2021. Accessed October 12, 2021.

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