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Letter, to Judah Alden, 1780 November 23

 Item — Box: 2, Folder: 1780.11.23
Identifier: 2017-SC-001-001
Letter, to Judah Alden, 23 November 1780
Letter, to Judah Alden, 23 November 1780

Scope and Contents

Letter from George Washington, in the hand of Tench Tilghman, to Major Judah Alden. The letter is sent from Washington's headquarters, Passaic Falls, New Jersey. The correspondence lays out an elaborate plan of attack meant to fall into the hands of the enemy. The "misinformation" was a spy tactic in hopes that it would be intercepted and throw off British forces. The body of the letter is in the hand of Tilghman with the exception of one line by Washington's reading, "but are not to make fires or discover themselves."


  • 1780 November 23


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From the Collection: approx. 25 Linear Feet

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections at The George Washington Presidential Library at Mount Vernon Repository

PO Box 3600
Mount Vernon VA 22121