George Washington Papers

Orders, 3 June 1756


Parole: Loyalty.

Winchester: Thursday, June 3d 1756.

A Court Martial to sit immediately for trial of [ ] Green, John Hamilton, Matthew Fling, Timothy Conner, and David McJennet1—Prisoners in the Guard-House—Matthew Bond, Henry Fury, and Arthur Conway;2 confined upon suspicion of being Spies, are to be Discharged.


1There was a John Hamilton in Thomas Cocke’s company on 13 July 1756. A 20–year-old weaver from Ireland, Hamilton came into the Virginia Regiment at Fredericksburg on 10 Oct. 1755. Matthew Fling, who was listed in George Mercer’s company on 2 Aug. 1756, was serving with the artificers working on the fort at Winchester under William Peachey’s direction. Fling had been acquitted in May 1756 of charges stemming from his behavior in the Mercer affair near Edwards’s fort. See Court-Martial, 2 May 1756. Fling underwent another court-martial later this same year. See GW’s Orders for 20 Sept. 1756. David McJennet (McGennett), an Irish sawyer who enlisted in October 1755, was in George Mercer’s company in August 1756 and in GW’s in August 1757, when he was described as having “a very dirty Lubbery look” (GW’s company size roll, 28 Aug. 1757, DLC:GW). Timothy Conner was scheduled for court-martial in May. See Orders, 5 May 1756.

2Sgt. William Hughes had been directed in the spring to “send up his accusation” against Matthew Bond. See GW to David Bell, 22 April 1756.

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