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  Letter to George Clinton, July 19, 1779
George Washington. Letter signed: Westpoint, to George Clinton, 1779 July 19. 2 p.

Westpoint July 19th: 1779.

Dr Sir

I this morning received your favor of the 18th when returning from Stony point. Being very much fatigued and not having received a detail account of the Action yet, I cannot comply with your Excellency’s request. However for your private information – I believe the Garrison at Stony point amounted to about 500 rank & file – of which between twenty & thirty might have been killed – about forty wounded & the rest taken. Fifteen pieces of Ordnance altogether and a suitable supply of Ammunition. – Provisions none. A small reinforcement of the Enemy arrived yesterday at Verplanks – and from intelligence their main body was moving up by Land & Water – that the advance of the Troops moving by Land was at the New bridge on Croton. Part of those on board ship were arrived just opposite Colo Hay’s or a little below and many other Vessels were heaving in sight last night. This movement obliged Major Genl Howe to notice from before the Enemy’s lines on Verplanks point. We disman the Works at Stoney point – yesterday and last night [2] and have destroyed them as far as circumstances would permit. We could not hold them.

I am Dr Sir in haste
With great regard & esteem
Yr Most Obed Sert
Go: Washington
P.S. The State of the Enemy’s force on Verplanks before this reinforcement was about the same of that on Stoney point.

[docket] 19: July 1779
[struck: Genl Washington] Genl. Washington’s Letter respecting Reduction of the Enemy’s Garrison at Stoney Point. –

Notes: Published in Fitzpatrick, John C. The Writings of George Washington. v.15: 439.