Manuscript/Mixed Material Robert H. Harrison to Continental Congress, August 27, 1776

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To THE PRESIDENT OF CONGRESS

New York, Eight O'Clock, P.M., August 27, 1776.

Sir: I this minute returned from our Lines on Long Island, where I left his Excellency the General. From him I have It in command to Inform Congress, that yesterday he went there, and continued till Evening, when, from the Enemy's having landed a considerable part of their Forces, and from many of their movements, there was reason to apprehend they would make in a little time a General Attack. As they would have a Wood to pass through before they could approach the Lines, it was thought expedient to place a number of men there on the different Roads leading from whence they were stationed, in order to harass and annoy them in their March. This being done, early this morning a Smart engagement ensued between the Enemy and our Detachments, which, being unequal to the force they had to contend with, have sustained a pretty considerable loss. At least many of our Men are missing, among those that have not returned, are General Sullivan and Lord Stirling. The Enemy's loss is not known certainly; but we are told by such of our Troops as were in the Engagement, and what have come in, that they had many killed and wounded. Our party brought off a Lieutenant, Sergeant, and Corporal, with twenty privates, prisoners.

6. In the writing of Robert Hanson Harrison.

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Title
George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799: Letterbook 10, July 15 - Oct. 26, 1776
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Washington, George, 1732-1799 (Author)
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series: Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799
MSS 44693: Reel 010
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George Washington papers
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Washington, George. George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754 to 1799: Letterbook 10, July 15. 1776. Manuscript/Mixed Material. https://www.loc.gov/item/mgw2.010/.

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Washington, G. (1776) George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754 to 1799: Letterbook 10, July 15. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/mgw2.010/.

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Washington, George. George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754 to 1799: Letterbook 10, July 15. 1776. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/mgw2.010/>.

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