Major John Steel Tyler to Colonel Henry Jackson

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Major John Steel Tyler to Colonel Henry Jackson




In this letter addressed from White Marsh(Pa), Major Tyler informs the colonel of a Smallpox epidemic and a regiment being moved to Lancaster because of pox. Mention of small skirmish with enemy on 7 December.


John Steel Tyler


10 December 1777


John F. Reed Collection Valley Forge NHP


Box 2, Folder 28, 12-05


Dear Sir Dec: 10 Camp

I this moment rec’d your letter of 24 of Nov: for this First? Since my leaving Boston. I am very sorry to inform you of the disagreeable situation of your Reg’t—Eight Day. past your Reg. took the smallpox in such number that the Genl. thought it most prudent to send them back to Lancaster 60 miles from Camp for they are about to Receive it –Colo. Cobb has the command and this Day sets out for that place, the occasion of his not going before is that the Enemy has for this four & five day past been marching sometimes to our Right sometimes to our left—On the Seventh [illeg] had a [illeg] skirmish with Enemy and stop their main body the particulars I have wrote Gen. Allen & desired him to [illeg] you of—I should have wrote [illeg] letter had not [illeg] rec’d a letter from what you [illeg] your Reg. on the 1Decr. We are in your Friends Gen. Knox Familly who’s kindness merits my most sincere thanks. He takes particular notice of your officers never [illeg] without one or two with him------- I am much obliged to you for your visit to Sally & thank you for your letter & wish often to hear from you—Colo. Cobb road in our late skirmish with Gen. your Maj is with Lord H[illeg] at [illeg] till return of the Reg’t. [illeg] fortnight [illeg] [illeg] Mr Walker Mr Landle Mr Farle? Was halted in a mile with 900 men under the Command of Colo. Smith—Excuse incorrectness & believe me to your friend & Maj—
I’ll write you the particulars of the British Army & of their disgraceful retreat—we have lost Genl. Erwing a Militia Gen. a very great loss to the state.