George Washington Papers

Orders, 28 June 1756


Parole: Success.

Winchester: Monday, June 28th 1756.

The Troops are not to march until to-morrow morning at five o’clock1—It is expected that every thing will be in readiness at that time, that no further delays may happen. A Court of Enquiry, to consist of all the Captains in town and Subalterns, to sit immediately, to examine into the dispute between Adjutant Livingston and Commissary Rutherford—Ensign McCarty and Mr Paris:2 All Evidences to attend—The Court will sit at ten of the clock.

After Orders.

The Officers who are to march with the troops to-morrow, are to see that they have their arms in good order, and are well provided with ammunition and Flints—as they shall answer the contrary: For Colonel Washington will examine them himself on the march to-morrow: and if he finds this order neglected; the Officer to whom the men belong, will be immediately put under an arrest.


2Although it is not known what was at issue in the dispute or how the men divided, it is not surprising that Denis McCarty was involved. He clearly was the most contentious officer in the Virginia Regiment from the time he became a volunteer in the fall of 1755 until he resigned his commission in November 1756.

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