George Washington Papers

General Orders, 2 December 1775

General Orders

Head Quarters, Decr 2nd 1775. (Cambridge)


James McCormick of Capt. Dibble’s Company, in Col. Woodbridges Regt2 tried at a General Court Martial, for “striking General Putnam’s horse, and saying at the same time, d—mn you! who is there? clear the road; and for repeatedly leaving the camp without orders”—The Court are of Opinion that the Prisoner is Guilty of breach of the 3rd, 15th, 16th & 17th Articles of war,3 and adjudge him to receive thirty-nine Lashes on his bare back—Serjeant James King of Col. Paterson’s regt tried at the same General, upon an appeal from a regimental, Court Martial.4 The Court were of opinion that the prisoner is guilty of being absent from his regiment without leave, and of striking and abusing Serjt Goodrich,5 when in the execution of his duty, and therefore adjudge the prisoner, to be reduced to the Ranks, and pay a fine of Twenty Shillings, to be appropriated according to the 51st Article of the Rules, and Regulations of the army.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Artemas Ward’s orderly book gives the parole as “Congress” and the countersign as “Union” (MHi).

2Ward’s orderly book reads “Capt. Dibbles Company in Col. Pattersons Regt” (ibid.). Charles Dibbell was a captain in Col. John Paterson’s Massachusetts regiment.

3Article 3 of the Massachusetts articles of war concerns disrespect to general officers; article 15 punishes absence without leave; article 16 forbids officers and soldiers to lie outside of their quarters or camp without leave; and article 17 requires all officers and soldiers to retire to their quarters or tents at the beating of retreat (Mass. Prov. Congress Journals description begins William Lincoln, ed. The Journals of Each Provincial Congress of Massachusetts in 1774 and 1775, and of the Committee of Safety. Boston, 1838. (Microfilm Collection of Early State Records). description ends , 122, 124).

4In the manuscript this sentence appears at the end of the orders. Its proper place in the text is indicated with asterisks.

5Ward’s orderly book gives this name as “Serjt Gutridge” (MHi).

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