George Washington Papers

General Orders, 11 November 1780

Head Quarters Totowa Saturday November 11th 1780

Parole Bennington
Countersigns Bath Boon

Watchword Be ready

For the Day Tomorrow

Brigadier General Glover

Colonel Greaton

Lieutenant Colonel Basset

Major Wallbridge

Brigade Major Ashley

Captain Converse is to do the duty of Brigade Major and Inspector to the 2nd Connecticut brigade in the absence of Major Woodbridge.

Lieutenant Henry Cunningham is appointed the Quarter-Master to the 2nd Regiment of Artillery from the 21st of June last.

Regimental Returns to be made immediately of the Invalids in Camp; These Returns to comprehend the weak and sickly men and such as are unfit for the duties of the Field for want of clothing; the Sergeants and Drums and Fifes are to be included but placed in seperate columns and the old Soldiers and Soldiers for the war are to be in columns distinct from the Levies but the whole to make one agregate in the column of Total. The commanding officers of regiments will be responsible that there are no impositions and that the returns are accurate - The same Returns from the Light Infantry—These to be digested into brigade Returns and the whole transmitted to the Orderly Office.

At the General Court martial whereof Colonel Bailey is president Captain Barnard of the 3d Connecticut regiment was tried for "Having knowingly made a false muster of Grove Barnard a soldier of his Company."

The Court are of opinion that the charge against Captain Barnard is not supported.

The Commander in Chief is under the necessity of disapproving the Sentence, as it appears to him incontestibly proved (if any credit is to be given to Muster-Rolls invariably attested for near three years and other evidence) that Grove Barnard was inlisted for the War; Had he been inlisted by another officer it is possible that Captain Barnard might have been deceived by a false return but when it is considered that the soldier in question was his son and inlisted or entered by himself the General cannot conceive it possible that he could have made a mistake and continued in his error so long. If Grove Barnard is not dismissed from the Service he is to be detained untill further enquiry can be made.

At a Brigade General court martial the 18th ultimo Lieutenant Colonel Commandant Butler president—Anthony Spinhouse Soldier in the 7th Pennsylvania regiment taken in the Act of Desertion to the Enemy was tried found Guilty and Sentenced agreeable to the 6th Section Article 1st of the Articles of war (more than two thirds of the Court agreeing thereto) to Suffer Death.

The Commander in Chief confirms the Sentence.

A Fatigue Party to parade tomorrow at Guard mounting with their Arms Packs and three days Provisions to repair the roads.

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