George Washington Papers

General Orders, 27 November 1777

General Orders

Head Quarters, White-Marsh [Pa.] Novr 27th 1777.

Parole. Glocester.C. Signs Bedford. Berwick.

A detachment of 300 men are to parade to morrow morning on the Grand-parade, precisely at half past three o’clock in the morning—Col. David Hall, Lt Col. Craig and Major Tyler are appointed Field Officers for the detachment.1

Twelve light dragoons are to go on the same command, and to repair this evening to Col. Biddle’s quarters.

After Orders. A detachment of 100 men to be under the command of Capt. McLane, are to parade to morrow morning at sun-rise, on the grand parade, with one or two days provisions & boxes full of ammunition—They will be absent from camp one week, near the enemy’s lines, and are to go prepared accordingly.2

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Thomas Craig (1740–1832), who was appointed a second lieutenant in William Thompson’s Pennsylvania Rifle Regiment on 25 June 1775 and served as regimental quartermaster from July to December 1775, was promoted to captain of the 2d Pennsylvania Battalion on 5 Jan. 1776. On 29 Sept. 1776 Craig became the regiment’s lieutenant colonel, and in January 1777 he transferred to the 3d Pennsylvania Regiment. Craig was promoted to colonel on 1 Aug. 1777. He retired from the Continental service on 1 Jan. 1783.

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