George Washington Papers

General Orders, 16 February 1781

Friday February 16th 1781


The Light companies are immediately to be augmented to fifty rank and file each with an additional serjeant and are to rendezvous the 19th at Peekskill prepared for a march—They are to be completed in shoes—The former directions concerning the greatest care in the choice of the men are repeated—the Adjutant General will inspect the companies when formed and exchange all the men who have been indifferently chosen.

At a division court martial held in the Connecticutt line by order of Major General Parsons the 12th instant Colonel Samuel B Webb President.

Joshua Taylor soldier in the 3d Connecticut regiment was tried for "Desertion joining the Enemy and taking up arms in the british service."

The Court are of opinion that Joshua Taylor was duly inlisted and therefore guilty of the several charges exhibited against him being breaches of Section 6th Article 1st of the rules and articles of war and do sentence him to suffer Death more than two thirds of the Court agreeing thereto.

The Commander in Chief confirms the opinion of the court and orders it to be put in execution at such time and place as Major General Heath shall direct.

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