We acquired an exciting new document at the Washington Library back in 2016.  It was past of a chain of correspondence between George Washington and Benjamin Tallmadge of Turn: Washington’s Spies fame.  The two discussed the practicability  of launching a raid against Long Island in 1781 to suppress Tory operations in Westchester County, New York and western Connecticut.

Here’s a short documentary we put together about the letter and the exchange:


Recent Acquisitions: George Washington to Benjamin Tallmadge, April 8 1781 from Mount Vernon on Vimeo.

And [here] is a link to a longer form writeup with citations.