George Washington Papers

Memorandum, 18 September 1755


[Fort Cumberland, Md., 18 September 1755]

Lieutenant Starke1 received the same Orders as Lieutenant Eustace; and ordered to continue in Captain Cockes Company, until further Orders.


1Lt. William Stark of the Virginia Regiment was probably the William Stark who was born c.1735, the son of William and Mary Bolling Stark of Prince George County. In Jan. 1755 Stark was serving as a lieutenant in the Virginia forces, and he continued at that rank in Capt. Thomas Cocke’s company after GW took command of the reorganized Virginia Regiment. Stark incurred GW’s disfavor when in Jan. 1756 he accepted Capt. John Dagworthy of Maryland as ranking officer at Fort Cumberland. In the spring of 1756 Stark was stationed at Edwards’s fort on the Cacapon River; but in June or July he followed George Fraser’s example and resigned his commission rather than serve under Peter Hog in Augusta County.

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