George Washington Papers

General Orders, 26 June 1776

General Orders

Head Quarters, New York, June 26th 1776.

Parole Falmouth.Countersign Georgia.

Agreeable to a Resolve of the Honorable the Continental Congress, no Certificates of Expences are to be given in future by any but Brigadiers, Quarter Masters and their Deputies, or a Field Officer on a march, or officer commanding at a detached post.1

The remainder of Col. Waynes Regiment under Command of Lieut. Col. Johnston are to embark for Albany on Saturday next2—The Quarter Master General is to provide Vessels, and the Commissary General, Provisions for their passage—Col. Johnston will apply to the Adjutant General for particular Instructions, and for an order on Genl Schuyler, for arms, when he arrives at Albany.

Col. Johnston is to appoint one or more (as the case may require) diligent Officers of his Corps to take charge of such men as are now here belonging to the Regiment in Canada who are to take them and deliver them to their several Colonels or commanding Officers; passage and provisions to be furnished as above.3

The commanding Officers of the several Regiments, whether in Camp, or detached Posts are as soon as possible to return into the Adjutant General’s Office the names of their several officers; their Ranks and the Dates of their respective Commissions—in order that the same may be forwarded to Congress.

Joseph Hulbert of Capt. Park’s Company and Late Col. Learneds Regiment and Nathaniel Thompson of Capt. Peters Company Col. Reads Regiment4 having been tried by a Court Martial whereof Col. Parsons was president, and found guilty of Desertion, are sentenced to receive Thirty-nine Lashes each on their bare backs; which Sentence the General confirms and orders to be executed at the usual time and place.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Congress passed this resolution on 17 June (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 5:451).

2The following Saturday was 29 June.

3Both “Henshaw’s Orderly Book,” description begins “The Orderly Books of Colonel William Henshaw, October 1, 1775, through October 3, 1776.” Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, n.s., 57 (1948): 17–234. description ends 162, and Dodge, “Orderly Book,” description begins “Orderly Book Kept by Capt. Abraham Dodge of Ipswich, January 1, 1776 to August 1, 1776.” Essex Institute Historical Collections 80 (1944): 37–53, 111–30, 208–28, 368–84; 81 (1945): 87–94, 152–175. description ends 80:377, read “the Regiments in Canada.”

4Andrew Peters (1742–1822), a schoolmaster from Mendon, Mass., who had served in the French and Indian War, was commissioned a captain in Col. Joseph Read’s Massachusetts regiment in May 1775 and continued holding that rank in Read’s 13th Continental Regiment during 1776. On 1 Jan. 1777 Peters was promoted to major of the 2d Massachusetts Regiment, and on 25 July 1779 GW appointed him brigade major for the 4th Massachusetts Brigade (see General Orders, that date). Peters became lieutenant colonel of the 15th Massachusetts Regiment in the summer of 1780 and served at least until the following November (see GW to the Board of War, 31 Aug. 1780, DLC:GW, and General Orders, 21 Nov. 1780).

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