George Washington Papers

General Orders, 13 August 1775

General Orders

Head Quarters, Cambridge August 13th [17]75

Parole Williamsburgh.Countersign Torrington

A General Court Martial to sit to morrow morning to try Col. John Mansfield of the Massachusetts Forces, accused by three of his Officers of high Crimes and Misdemeanors:1 One Brigadier General, and twelve Field Officers, to compose the Court.

President Brigdr Gen: Green
Col. James Ried Col. Patterson
Col. James M: Varnum Col. Woodbridge
Lt Col. [Isaac] Wyman Lt Col. [Samuel] March
Lt Col. [Benjamin] Holdon Lt Col. [William Turner] Miller
Major [Nathaniel] Cudworth Major [Ephraim] Sawyer
Major [John] Butterick Major [Israel] Angell

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1John Mansfield (1721–1809), a well-to-do landowner from Lynn who served in the Massachusetts provincial congress before being commissioned colonel of one of the colony’s regiments in May 1775, was accused of “remissness and backwardness” in reinforcing the American line during the Battle of Bunker Hill. The court-martial found him guilty and ordered him to be cashiered (General Orders, 17 Aug., 15 Sept. 1775).

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