George Washington Papers

General Orders, 12 September 1780

Head Quarters Steenrapia Tuesday Septemr 12. 1780

Parole Harford
Countersigns Humber, Hope.
Watchword Bepunctual

For the day Tomorrow

Brigadier General Patterson

Lieutenant Colonel Commandant Weissenfells

Lieutenant Colonel Holdridge

Major Winslow

Brigade Major Rice

A Court of enquiry is ordered to set tomorrow morning nine ô clock in the president’s Markee at the request of Colonel Angell to examine into his conduct in the action at Springfield and report their opinion thereon—Colonel Nixon is appointed President—Lieutenant Colonels DeHart and Vose—Majors Reid and Grier Members—All Witnesses and Persons concerned are desired to attend.

The General court Martial whereof Colonel Greaton is president is dissolved and another ordered to assemble tomorrow morning nine ô clock at the Presidents Markee for the trial of Major Murnan and such others as shall be brought before the court—All persons concerned to attend. Colonel Dayton to preside—Members Lieutenant Colonel Badlam Major Leavensworth and a Captain from each brigade except the Jersey and Stark’s.

Brigade returns of the Serjeants drums and fifes and rank and file of the New York Connecticutt Massachusetts and New Hampshire lines and of Angell’s regiment who are enlisted for the war to be transmitted to the orderly office tomorrow at eleven ô clock.

David Hall a soldier in Colonel Stewart’s battalion of light infantry convicted at a General court martial whereof colonel Cortlandt is President of "Plundering an inhabitant of money and plate" and being condemned to death is to be executed at half past four ô clock this afternoon.

Fifty men properly officered from each brigade in the army to attend the execution.

It has been much the General’s desire to prevent enormities of this kind which are as repugnant to the principles of the cause in which we are engaged as oppresive to the inhabitants and subversive of that order and discipline which must Characterize every well regulated army.

The General again exhorts officers of every rank to pay the closest attention to the conduct of their men and to use the utmost precaution to prevent the soldiers from rambling and committing such outrages, the subject of daily complaint and representation to him; it is highly incumbent on them to do this to prevent the consequences which will follow as he is determined to shew no favor to Soldiers who are convicted of these pernicious and disgraceful offences.

Part of the Effects of the late Brigadier General Poor among which are several suits of Cloaths, a genteel small sword, sash, Epaulétts, and many other articles will be vendued at Lieutenant Colonel Dearborn’s Marquee in the New Hampshire brigade tomorrow morning ten ô clock.

After Orders

The army will parade tomorrow morning eight ô clock by brigades on their respective brigade parades—The General wishes the line to be as full as possible—The new Guards will remain in the Line ’till the review is over—The Light corps will parade at ten ô clock.

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