George Washington Papers

General Orders, 2 September 1779

General Orders

Head-Quarters Moore’s House [West Point]
Thursday Septr 2nd 1779.

Parole Deerfield— C. Signs Essex. Franklin.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

Replying to a letter from Col. Richard Butler, which has not been found, GW wrote to Butler on this date from headquarters: “I have recd yours of yesterday—You may be assured that the several matters mentioned in it shall be duly attended to, and my determination communicated, as soon as I have properly considered the different points referred to me” (Df, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW). Butler’s letter may have concerned the courts-martial of Butler and Capt. Jacob Ashmead and, more specifically, Butler’s desire to be tried by a different court than that which had tried Ashmead on 1 Sept. (see General Orders, 5 and 21 Sept.; Anthony Wayne to GW, 7 Sept.; and GW to Wayne, 8 Sept.).

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