Original Document
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Correspondence Between General George Washington and His Subordinates, September 11, 1777.

General Washington to Colonel Theodorick Bland
Chad’s Ford [Pa] Sept. 11th 1777. 20 Mints. After [mutilated] O’Clock
"Sir, I earnestly entreat a continuance of your vigilant attention to the movements of the enemy and the earliest report, not only of their movements, but of their number & course they are pursuing. In a particular manner, I wish you to gain satisfactory information of a body confidently reported to have gone up to a Ford Seven or Eight miles above this. It is said the Fact is uncertain. You will send up an intelligent-sensible officer immediately with a party to find out the truth- What number it consists of, and the Road they are now on. Be particular in these matters. I am Sir your Hble Servt.
Go: Washington

Colonel Theodorick Bland to General George Washington
¼ past 1 O’clock [Sept. 11th 1777]
Sr. I have discovered a party of the enemy on the heights just on the right of the widow Davis’s who live close together on the Road called the fork road, about half a mile to the right of the Meeting House (Birmingham). There is a higher hill to their front.
Thedk Bland.

Major General Sullivan to General George Washington
2 O’Clock [Sept. 11th 1777]
Dear General, Colo. Bland has this moment sent me word that the enemy are in the rear of my right about two miles coming down. There is he says two brigades of them. Yr. Excy m.o. servt.
Jno. Sullivan
He also says he saw dust rise back in the country for an hour.

Credit: Thomas J. McGuire and Craig A. Benner, Brandywine Battlefield Park: Pennsylvania Trail of History Guide. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Mechanicsburg: Stackpole Books, 2001.
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