George Washington Papers

General Orders, 30 October 1780

Head Quarters Totowa Monday October 30th 1780

Parole Norwalk
Countersigns N; E
Watchword Now

For the day Tomorrow

Brigadier General Patterson

Colonel Marshal

Lieutenant Colonel Sumner

Major Prior

Brigade Major Moore

At a General court marshal Philadelphia September 27th 1780—Colonel Francis Johnston President, Doctor James B. Sharpe was tried for "Disobedience of orders" found guilty, being a breach of Section 2d Article 5th of the Articles of war and Sentenced to be reprimanded in general orders; but the court considering the peculiar situation in which the Director General placed Doctor Sharpe by having ordered him not to receive Sick into the Hospital without the order was previously countersign’d by him or a senior surgeon which order the Court are of opinion is not warrantable, do therefore recommend it to the Commander in Chief to remit the sentence.

The General is sorry to disagree in opinion with the Court as the order given by the Director General appears to him founded in Expedience and the common practice of Service as well as consonant to the spirit of a general order of the 21st of January 1778.

Doctor Sharpe is releas’d from Arrest.

At a General court martial of the Line whereof Colol Bailey is President the 16th instant Colonel Thomas Procter of the Artillery was tried upon the following charges.

1st Mustering men in his regiment as soldiers that were not actually doing the duty of Soldiers and returning them on command when they were doing the duty of Servants in his and other families in the city of Philadelphia.

2dly Discharging Soldiers of his regiment for Sums of money.

3dly Fraud in the settlement of his recruiting accompts.

4thly Signing a false Certificate to a return for Quarter master’s Stores.

5thly Discharging a number of able bodied men from his regiment to the great prejudice of the Service.

The Court are of opinion that Colonel Procter is not Guilty of either of the Charges exhibited against him and do acquit him with Honor.

The General entirely approves the determination of the Court: He cannot help remarking that the prosecution on the part of Captain Porter was vexatious groundless and illeberal; it is with pain too he has seen several instances for some time past where personal pique has given birth to prosecutions as unjust as they were indelicate and improper.

Colonel Procter is released from his Arrest.

Duplicate Returns of the names of all the officers in the Infantry Artillery and Cavalry to be made out regimentally and signed by the commandants of regiments and Corps specifying their ranks and dates of Commissions; Those of the Artillery Cavalry Additional regiments and Corps are to designate the States to which their officers respectively belong.

Those officers on the Staff are also to be noted in a Seperate Column according to their several staff appointments, agreeable to the Form herewith given.

These returns to be transmitted without delay to the Orderly Office.

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