Monday, April 2, 2012

April 3, 1777

On April 3, 1777, British Lieutenant General Charles Corwallis forwarded to Gen. Washington British Lt. Col. William Walcott's April 2 demand for an exchange.

[New] Brunswick, New Jersey, April 3 ,1777
Sir,
I inclose to you a paper which Lieutenant Colonel Walcott delivered yesterday to Lieut. Col. [Robert Hanson] Harrison, and which Lieutenant Col. Harrison did not then think proper to receive.  I am, Sir, with due respect, your most obedient humble servant,
CORNWALLIS.


Walcott accused Washington of a breach of faith for balking at a prisoner exchange.  After all, Walcott observed, British General Sir William Howe released about 2,200 captive American enlisted men.  Washington addressed that insinuation in an April 9, 1777 letter to Howe.
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