George Washington Papers

Memorandum, 6 September 1755


[Fredericksburg, 6 September 1755]

A Copy of these Orders was also enlosed for Captain’s Lewis and Harrison,1 and Lieutenant Lowry,2 and Ensign Weedon.3

From hence I proceeded to Alexandria, and left the following Orders.


1Carter Henry Harrison (1732–1796), son of Benjamin Harrison (d. 1745) of Berkeley plantation, was “laid up with the Fever & Ague” for a time (Dinwiddie to GW, 18 Oct. 1755). As late as 18 Nov. he still had not complied with GW’s orders to report to Winchester with his company. In December Dinwiddie informed GW that Carter Henry Harrison had resigned his commission in favor of his brother Henry Harrison, who was to report to GW.

2John Lowry (Loury) was one of the new lieutenants present in Williamsburg when GW took command of the Virginia Regiment. Assigned to Henry Woodward’s company on 16 Oct., Lowry was transferred often; within the next 9 months, he served under William Bronaugh, John Mercer, and David Bell. Ill and unhappy for much of his brief military career, Lowry left the regiment in Dec. 1756.

3George Weedon (1734–1793) was one of the new ensigns. Originally assigned with Lowry to Woodward’s company, he was transferred in Jan. 1756 to Thomas Cocke’s company. By June 1757 GW had promoted Weedon to lieutenant. At that rank he served in the regiment until it was disbanded in 1762. After the French and Indian War, he settled in Fredericksburg and kept a tavern frequented by GW. Weedon was a brigadier general in the Continental Army during the Revolution.

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