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Collection Reference Number GLC07122
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1778 
Title Benedict Arnold to Colonel Henry Jackson regarding British troops marching to Philadelphia
Date 22 June 1778
Author Arnold, Benedict (1741-1801)  
Recipient Jackson, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Arnold, who now commanded in Philadelphia, orders Jackson to harass the British who had just evacuated the city (18 June) and were marching across New Jersey. "You will march with the Troops under your command at three O'Clock tomorrow morning and follow the route of the Enemy as nearly as you can with Conveniency, you will in Conjunction with any Continental Troops or Militia Attack the rear of the enemy and endeavor to harass them by all means in your power...." Docketed by recipient "My Marching Orders from Philadelphia." Jackson commanded a regiment (later designated the 16th Massachusetts) assigned to Arnold, whom Arnold is clearly detaching for pursuit. Washington's force caught up with Sir Henry Clinton a week later at Monmouth.
Subjects Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Military History  Continental Army  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  Militia  
People Arnold, Benedict (1741-1801)  Jackson, Henry (1747-1809)  
Place written Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Theme The American Revolution; Foreign Affairs
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859