Hutchinson's orderly book: 2 Feb 1776, Cambridge, through Feb, at Camp Dorchester 29 June up to 14 July at least, latter has report of possible small pox cases, 19 July in Medway orderly book was at MA Historical Society He was in New York City probably by the time of the Battle of Long Island/Brooklyn on 27 August. Men from his regiment supposedly were added to Col. John Glover's to help evacuate the army across the East River on the 28th. Washington rearranged the army and posted orders on the 31st. The 27th was placed under Gen. Thomas Mifflin and that brigade was to march immediately to Fort Washington and Fort Independence (Kingsbridge) to prepare for an anticipated British attack there. Jedidiah Swan's orderly book for 1 September mentions that Hutchinson's regiment was to go into Fort Washington if there was an alarm and defend it. There is a Revolutionary War pension file for someone in John Low's Company who said they were at Fort Washington until about the end of October, when they marched to Philadelphia. The taking of the fort then came afterward.(Dale dep for Lovett). Hale Hilton, in his pension file, said the company marched to New York, and that he was with the army when it retreated through the Jerseys to Pennsylvania, and then mentions the capture of the Hessians, all this before the end of the year. Mark Morse, deposing for Robert Woodbury, said that 14 men were detached from the company to stay at Fort Washington and the rest went to New Jersey. No date for this split has been found. Deposing for William Goodridge, he says they marched to New London, went to New York by water, then by land to Fort Independence "on the Hudson," then they parted ways and he went on to Fort Washington. William Symmes in his pension file says (within his one year service in 1776) he was in New York, then Delaware. Nathaniel Cleaves was 1st Lt. of the company and was at Fort Washington when it was taken. He served on board the row galley Independence, commanded by Capt. John Baker (who had command of a company from the Salem area also in Hutchinson's reg). They were chased up the Hudson by the British to Dobbs Ferry, where they were forced ashore and their boat captured. He sent a report of this to Gen. Washington on 9 October. Row galleys were open ships of war, with artillery, shaped like large gondolas and were manned by as many as 50 men. Who were those men? They would very likely have been seamen to start with, thus explaining Baker's and Cleaves' involvement. The statement that there were 14 men left at Fort Washington from Low's company is confirmed by Hutchinson's orderly book, which names the men. Cleaves was among them, but obviously did not spend all his time at the Fort. It's possible that John Ellinwood and maybe other seamen from the company, and Baker's, manned the row galleys. George Washington wrote an unnamed officer on 21 October that it should be made clear to Hutchinson that his regiment was needed at the Fort because they were seamen, and that he knew why Col. Magaw was put in charge of the Fort despite his more recent officer's commission. ------ says more than a third of Hutchinson's men served on the galleys and not actually stationed at the fort, which is why Washington treated the seniority of the colonels at the fort a given. When the galleys were captured, there were three of them (Lady Washington, Indepenence and Crane). Hutchinson's list of officers dates 5 October at Mt. Washington,says that Cleaves, Baker and Ensign Jeremiah Putnam were on board the galley. Both Cleaves and Putnam signed the letter to Washington about the capture of the galleys.