George Washington Papers

General Orders, 13 October 1780

Head Quarters Totowa Friday October 13th 1780

Parole Wilmington.
Countersigns Wesel, West.
Watchword Watch

For the Day Tomorrow

Brigadier General Irvine

Colonel Chambers

Lieutenant Colonel Sumner

Major Harwood

Brigade Major Darby

At a General Court Martial held at Fort Pitt the 14th of August last, Colonel Gibson President, Captain Thomas Beall of the Maryland independent corps was tried "for discharging a Soldier after having been duly inlisted and receiving his regimental cloathing through private and interested views thereby defrauding the United States" found Guilty, being a breach of the first Article twelfth section of the Articles of War and sentenced to be dismissed from the service.

The Commander in Chief approves the sentence and orders it to take place.

At the same court David Gamble a soldier of the 8th Pennsylvania regiment was tried on the following charges

First Desertion:

Second. having counterfeit money in his Possession.

Unanimously found Guilty being a breach of Article first Section sixth of the Articles of war, Sentenced to suffer Death.

The Commander in Chief confirms the sentence and orders that David Gamble be executed at such time and Place as the commanding officer in the western department shall direct.

Peter Davis a soldier of the 9th Virginia regiment was tried at the same court for "Desertion" found Guilty and sentenced to suffer Death.

The Commmander in Chief approves the sentence, but from the intercession of the Court he is pleased to Pardon him.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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