Monday July 30th 1781
For the Day tomorrow
Major General Lincoln
Lieutenant Colonel C. Smith
For Picquet Major Knapp
Inspector Captain Drew
The General observes that it has become a practice in the Army to send the Teams a considerable distance from Camp for the sake of Pasturage during the Night; as it is a circumstance that runs directly counter to his intentions an effectual stop must be immediately put to it; and some plan adopted to furnish the Cattle with Forage at their respective stations there to remain from Retreat beating untill Guard mounting in the morning: when they may be returned to Pasture or continued upon Forage as Circumstances may require.
Untill further Orders the Troop is to beat a quarter of an hour after five o’clock for which reason the Music will not practice in the morning untill the Grand Parade is dismissed.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.