Primary tabs


Letter from the President of Congress to General Lee: He has been appointed to take command of the Continental Forces in the Southern Department



Philadelphia, March 1, 1776.

DEAR SIR: After a warm contest, occasioned by the high estimation the Members of Congress have of your worth and abilities, (every one wishing to have you where he had most at stake,) the Congress have at length determined to supersede the orders given you to proceed to Canada, and have this day come to a resolution that you shall take the command of the Continental Forces in the Southern Department; which comprehends Virginia, North- Carolina, South-Carolina, and Georgia.

The Congress have also appointed six new Brigadier-Generals, viz: John Armstrong, William Thompson, Andrew Lewis, James Moore, Lord Stirling, and Robert Howe, Esquires, four of whom are to command under you, in the Southern Department, and two in the Middle. By this conveyance, I have forwarded the commission for his Lordship. As soon as your health, and the necessary orders you may think proper to give for putting New-York in a state of defence, will permit, I have it in charge to direct that you repair to the Department put under your immediate command,

In expectation of seeing you soon in this place on your way, I need riot add, but, that I am, with every sentiment of regard and esteem, sir, your most obedient servant,

JOHN HANCOCK, President.

To the Hon˙ Major-General Lee, at New-York.