George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Stoddert, 9 August 1780

War Office August 9. 1780.


The board have the honor to transmit the enclosed letter from Lt Col. Forrest, for your Excellency’s determinations. I have the honor to be with high respect Yr Excys Mo. obed. Hble Serv.

Ben. Stoddert


DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Annapolis July 28th 1780.


When the Maryland Line passed thro’ this State, the Baron de Kalb renewed my Orders to continue here, and left under my Command 2 or 3 officers from each Regiment on the recruiting Service &c. I recieved Information that one of these Officers had discharged Men in Consideration of Sums of Money to him paid, setting forth in said Discharges, that they had procured able-bodied Men in their stead—upon which I ordered a Court of Enquiry, who report, that he had discharged a Man, and, from the best Information they could obtain, under the Circumstances set forth above—It is certain he did discharge a Man or Men, which he as a Lieutenant could by no means justify—I have put him under an Arrest and have Officers sufficient to compose a General Court Martial, but as Doubts may arise, whether or not I am competent and as Diffidence is more commendable than a Stretch of Power, I must request you to lay this matter before your Honourable Board and enclose me their Directions—The Witnesses that are necessary in this Affair are Inhabitants, and cannot attend his Tryal in the Camp or I should have sent him to the Division and saved you this trouble. I am with great Respect Sir your Obedient Servt

U. Forrest L. Col. C.

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