George Washington Papers

General Orders, 27 September 1775

General Orders

Head Quarters, Cambridge, Sept. 27th 1775

Parole Yorkshire.Countersign. Amboy

Amos Brown of Capt. Wilders Company in Col. Whitcomb’s Regiment,1 tried at a General Court Martial whereof Col. Bridge was Presdt for “mutinous and abusive language”—The Court are unanimously of opinion the prisoner is not guilty & therefore acquit the prisoner.

Genl Thomas’s brigade to be mustered on monday morning at seven OClock, and General Spencers on Wednesday morning at the same hour.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1David Wilder commanded the company. Asa Whitcomb (1719–1804) of Lancaster, Mass., served as a regimental commander from May 1775 to the end of 1776. Before the war Whitcomb sat for eight years in the General Court, and he was a member of the first two provincial congresses. But, according to Samuel Holden Parsons, Whitcomb had “no Trace of an Officer” (Parsons to Adams, 15 Aug. 1776, in Taylor, Papers of John Adams description begins Robert J. Taylor et al., eds. Papers of John Adams. 17 vols. to date. Cambridge, Mass., and London, 1977—. description ends , 4:462–65).

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