George Washington Papers

General Orders, 1 May 1776

General Orders

Head Quarters, New-York, May 1st 1776

Parole Shelbourne.Countersign Townsend.

The Majors of brigade are to see that every Regiment in their respective Brigades, take their proper Share of all duties that the service requires.

After Orders. Col. McDougall’s, and Col. Ritzema’s Regiments to be mustered on Saturday Morning, at Ten o’Clock, upon the Common, near the Laboratory, where the Commissary General of musters will attend.1

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1The following Saturday was 4 May. On Monday 6 May Colonel Ritzema wrote to the New York committee of safety: “The mustering of my regiment being put off last Saturday for the incomplete state of Captain [Abraham] Riker’s Company, and the absence of Captain [Nathan] Pearce [Jr.], your direction respecting the former, as the regiment is to encamp to-morrow, and the General’s desire of having it complete in every respect, will much oblige . . . your very humble servant” (Force, American Archives description begins Peter Force, ed. American Archives. 9 vols. Washington, D.C., 1837–53. description ends , 4th ser., 5:1212–13).

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