George Washington Papers

Orderly Book, 13 October 1758

Orderly Book

[13 October 1758]

Camp at Reas Town Friday Octr 13th 1758

G. O.

Parole Pool

Colo. for to Morrow [ ].

Field Officer for to Morrow Majr Peachy.

Adjutant for to Morrow 2d Virginia Regiment.

The Detachment of 1 Capt. 2 Sub. 2 Serjts & 50 Men that is to March this day with the waggons for Loyall Hannon are to be Composd entirely of the 1st Virginia Regimt & the remainder of the Regimt are to March to Morrow with a Brigade of Artillery Stores.1

All the Men of the 1st Virginia Regiment are to be releivd from the out Posts this Afternoon.

Details for Guard2 C. S. S. C. P.
H. 1 2 2 3 37
2d V. 3 2 30
1 2 5 5 67
To Releive the out
posts of the 1st Regt
H. 1 8
2d V. 1 6
1 1 14
H. 1 16
2d V. 1 14
1 1 30
To Releive the 1st
Regt on Gd
H. 1 8
2d V. 1 1 6
1 2 14

1General Forbes altered these orders on the morning of the fourteenth when he received a letter from Bouquet, written on the morning of 13 Oct. and now missing, with the news that the forces at Loyalhanna had been attacked by a body of French and Indians the day before. Col. James Burd of the Pennsylvania Regiment, who was in command at Loyalhanna in Bouquet’s absence (see Orderly Book, 4 Oct., n.1), wrote Bouquet on the evening of the twelfth: “This day at 11 A: M the enemy fired 12 Guns to the South west of us upon which I sent out two partys to surround them but Instantly the firing increased, upon which I sent out a large party of 500 men they were forced to the Camp and Immediately a regular Attack Insued which lasted a long time I think above two hours. . . . I have drove them of[f] the field, but I don’t doubt of a second Attack . . . “(Stevens, Bouquet Papers description begins Donald H. Kent et al., eds. The Papers of Henry Bouquet. 6 vols. Harrisburg, Pa., 1951-94. description ends , 2:552). Upon getting Bouquet’s letter, Forbes ordered GW to march immediately with a contingent of the 1st Virginia Regiment to reinforce Bouquet at Stony Creek just over Allegheny Mountain on the road to Loyalhanna. At the same time he ordered a party of the 2d Virginia Regiment to relieve the detachment of the 1st Virginia Regiment that had marched with the wagons the night before so that they could join GW, bringing his party to a total of 200 men (see Forbes’s general orders for 14 Oct. quoted in note 8 of Orderly Book, 3 Nov. 1758).

2See the chart and note 5, Orderly Book, 22 September.

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