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Collection Reference Number GLC04215
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1778 
Title George Washington to Alexander McDougall introducing a military engineer
Date 21 March 1778
Author Washington, George (1732-1799)  
Recipient McDougall, Alexander  
Document Type Correspondence; Military document
Content Description Introduction of French engineer, Colonel Louis des Hayes de la Radiere, who was to superintend fortifications on the North (Hudson) River. Washington appointed de la Radiere to oversee the construction of the Hudson's Highlands in late 1777, but a dispute with General Israel Putnam, commander at the Highlands, caused de la Radiere to return to Washington's camp. Putnam went on leave in March of 1778 and General McDougall assumed his command. Shortly thereafter, Washington sent de la Radiere back.
Subjects President  Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Military History  Continental Army  Fortification  Building Construction  Immigration and Migration  France  Valley Forge  
People McDougall, Alexander (1732-1786)  de la Radiere, Louis (fl. 1778)  Washington, George (1732-1799)  
Place written Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
Theme The American Revolution; The Presidency; Industry; Science, Technology, Invention
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Notes: Published in Fitzpatrick, John C. The Writings of George Washington. v. 11: 119 -20. Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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