Letter from General Livingston to General Washington: The enemy have posts along the whole of Staten-Island shore as far as Amboy



Elizabethtown, July 4, 1776.

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY: Since my last to Mr˙ Adjutant Reed nothing material has happened here, excepting that we are all fully confirmed in the enemy' s having posts along the whole Staten-Island shore as far as Amboy. They have thrown up a couple of small breastworks on the Causeway leading from the Point over the Salt Meadows, at the entrance of the two brigades. It is said that last night they brought two pieces of cannon to the nearest work. We have between four and five hundred men at the Point, who have thrown up a line from the Point House eastward, to answer as a cover. We have two field-pieces, with a part of the company of Artillery of this Province.

Your Excellency must be sensible that as the department I now act in is to me entirely new, I must be desirous of every aid that can possibly be obtained. If you, sir, could spare a few experienced officers to assist me in this important business, it might be of essential service. Our men are raw and inexperienced, our officers mostly absent, want of discipline is inevitable, while we are greatly exposed for the distance of twelve or fourteen miles.

I have the honour to be, sir, your very humble servant,


To His Excellency General Washington.