George Washington Papers

General Orders, 15 December 1777

General Orders

Head-Quarters, at the Gulph [Pa.] Decr 15th 1777.

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A field officer from each brigade, is to inspect immediately, all the men of his brigade, now with the baggage, and take from thence, to their brigades, every man who is able to do duty in the line—Major Snead is (till further orders) to take charge of the men remaining after this for the baggage guard, and report any who are left with the baggage contrary to this order.1

After Orders. The baggage of the army is to move at seven, and the whole army at ten o’clock, to morrow morning, in such routes and order, as shall be previously directed.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Thomas Snead (1752–1787) served as a captain in the 9th Virginia Regiment from 14 Feb. 1776 until his promotion to major of the 11th Virginia Regiment on 11 April 1777. Snead resigned his Continental commission on 8 Mar. 1778.

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