Sunday January 21st 1781
At a Brigade General court martial held by order of Lieutenant Colonel commandant Brooks commanding the 3d Massachusetts’ brigade the 22d of december last Major Wiley President.
Charles Watts soldier in the 10th Massachusetts regiment was tried for "Absenting himself from his regiment without leave and attempting to go to the enemy."
The Court after maturely considering the Evidence find the Prisoner Guilty of a breach of Article 1st Section 6th of the Rules and Articles of War and sentence him to suffer Death more than two thirds of the Court agreeing thereto.
The Commander in Chief confirms the Sentence, but is pleased in the intercession of the officers of the regiment to which the Prisoner belongs in his behalf to Pardon him and direct his release from Confinement.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.