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You are desired with the Detachment under your command, to proceed (on your arrival at the mouth of Patterson’s-Creek) as Escort to Governor Innis, to Fort Cumberland. Yours LB , DLC:GW .
Letter not found: to Adam Stephen, 12 May 1756. On 19 May 1756 Stephen wrote to GW : “I reced yours of the twelveth.”
I had the Pleasure to receive Yrs of the 11th inst. by Bryan Fx who I find is so well pleasd with the little military Atchievement He has experienct, that He is desirous of pursuing that Life. I have accordingly encouragd Him and to hope that You have Affection enough to give Him a Lieutenancy as no doubt there are some Vacancys and I heard the Governor tell one Matthew Bowyer (who applied for...
186412 [i.e. 13] Thurdsday. (Adams Papers)
Spent the Evening with Mr. Swan at home.
May 13th An express came from Colo. Peyton informg that a Sergt & 14 Men deserted last Night from him at Paris’s Fort and desireing a Reinforcement I was oblig⟨d⟩ to Countermand the Order’s to the King George Militia & to, then send them to join him with order’s to remain in Ashbys Fort and they accordingly Marchd 29 in number under Lieutt Nugent the rest were Sick & deserted. and this N, 4...
1866Orders, 13 May 1756 (Washington Papers)
Colonel Washington has heard that the Soldiers are uneasy about their Pay—He takes this method to acquaint them, that they shall receive their full pay, so soon as the Pay master can come down, or they march to, Fort Cumberland. A Regimental Court Martial to sit immediately, for trial of John Robinson, Aaron Paul, and John Grant. LB , DLC:GW . According to GW’s orders on 15 May, James Clark...
You are hereby Ordered, with the Detachment under your command, to proceed to join Colonel Henry Peyton and his party of Militia, with the utmost expedition; and take your Orders from him. Acquaint him that it is my desire, he leave you and your party in one of these Forts, he is ordered to reinforce. While you remain in the Fort, you are to take your orders from the commanding Officer there;...
1868Orders, 13 May 1756 (Washington Papers)
Nathaniel Giles, James Joyce, and Edward Chatham, enlisted by Captain Christopher Gist—Philip Hands, enlisted by captain Peachey—on review, are found unfit for Service, and Discharged. After Orders. One Field Officer, four Captains, five Lieutenants, four Ensigns, twelve Sergeants; two hundred and three rank and file, of the Militia of Caroline, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Culpepper, are to...
1869Council of War, 14–15 May 1756 (Washington Papers)
At a Council of War, Held at Winchester, the 14th day of May, 1756; for considering and determining upon the necessary measures to be taken at this juncture with the Militia ordered here by His Honor, the Governor. Colonel George Washington, President. Colonel Spotswood } { Colonel Martin Colonel Baylor Colonel Thornton Members Colonel Lee Colonel Slaughter Colonel Fitzhugh Colonel Muse...
187013 [i.e. 14]. Friday. (Adams Papers)
Drank Tea at the Colonels.—Not one new Idea this Week.
Printed in Votes and Proceedings of the House of Representatives , 1755–1756 (Philadelphia, 1756), p. 92. When Franklin returned to Philadelphia from Virginia in early May, he found the province at war with the Delaware Indians and the Assembly summoned two weeks ahead of the date to which it stood adjourned to consider further measures of defense, especially for the counties west of the...
May 14th The Orange Militia under Colo. Talliaferro consistg of 2 Field Officer’s 2 Captns 4 Subalterns & 100 private Men came to Town as did Colo. Barret with 130 Men from Louisa In the Evening of this day I summon’d all the Field Officers to meet, that we might advise and consult on the proper expedn to be taken with the Militia see a Copy of the proceedings in my orderly Book. in...
1873Orders, 14 May 1756 (Washington Papers)
As Colonel Washington has received some advices from Conogochieg; which render the march of the party of militia ordered yesterday, unnecessary—Those Orders are countermanded: and the Militia are not to march until Colonel Washington receives farther advice from the Governor. After Orders. All the Field Officers of the Militia are desired to attend at Colonel Washingtons Quarters, at half an...
On Saturday the 9th Instant I rec’d advice that the Tract of 7 Indians had been discovered at the house of Vanderpool on the head of this Rivr by two Men of the party detached from my Company for the protection of Mesrs Millers & Wilson’s Famillies; I immediatly ordered a Serjt to gett a party ready to March next Morng to Join the sd Detachmt & goe in Search of the sd Tracts But that Evening a...
187514 [i.e. 15]. Saturday. (Adams Papers)
A lovely Day. Soft vernal Showers. Exercise invigorates, and enlivens all the Faculties of Body and of mind. It arouses our Animal Spirits, it disperses Melancholy. It spreads a gladness and Satisfaction over our minds and qualifies us for every Sort of Buisiness, and every Sort of Pleasure.
LS : Yale University Library We are honoured with your several Letters of the 5th. 7th. 8th. 9th. 10th and 13th Instant, and have complied, as far as we are able, with every Request therein contained, excepting the Article of Tents, of which, we cannot be of Opinion that more are necessary, at this fine Season of the Year, than what will suffice for the Officers, and any of the Men that happen...
May 15th The Council being finis⟨hd⟩ the aforesd Number of Men were ordd to be draughted, & the remr to receive provision to carry them back & to be discharg’d. The said several draughts were orderd to get ready to March in the M[ornin]g to their respective Posts. AD , DLC:GW . See Memorandum respecting the Militia, 1–2 May 1756 . The Memorandum respecting the Militia, 14 May 1756 , gives the...
1878Orders, 15 May 1756 (Washington Papers)
A Court Martial to sit immediately for Trial of Thomas Hicks. James Clarke, who has accused Aaron Paul and John Robinson of Robbing him: must produce his Evidences to this Court Martial; in order to proceed on their Trial also. Else they will be Discharged. LB , DLC:GW . There were two James Clarks in the regiment on 13 July 1756. One, in David Bell’s company, was described as a 31–year-old...
You are to receive into the Stores, all the Public arms which are now in the possession of the Militia of the several counties, which are to be discharged. LB , DLC:GW .
1880Orders for the Militia, 15 May 1756 (Washington Papers)
Orders for the Militia. The commanding Officers of the Militia left at this place, are to order all their Men to be under arms at Retreat-beating this Evening: and are to acquaint them, that if any of them desert, they will be immediately draughted as Soldiers into the Virginia Regiment. They are also to order them to lodge their arms in some secure place; and not suffer them to go about the...
188115 [i.e. 16]. Sunday. (Adams Papers)
A pleasant morning. The Week past was Court week. I was interrupted by Company, and the noisy Bustle of the publick Occasion, so that I have neither read or wrote any Thing worth mentioning.— Heard Mr. Thayer, and spent the Evening at Mr. Putnams, very sociably.
May 16th The Cg Officers of each Militia (Culpeper excepted) reportd that severals of their Men had deserted—upon which I sent out to see if they coud be taken the Comy also reported that he had been trying & coud not procure a Waggon to transport the necessary stock of Provn & Am[munitio]n with them I was therefore obligd to postpone their March one day longer. By This time I had engagd 70...
1883Orders, 16 May 1756 (Washington Papers)
A Court Martial to sit immediately, for trial of Richard Madden. The commanding Officers of the Militia, are to hold themselves in readiness to march very early to-morrow morning with their men, to their respective Stations. and must apply to the commissary for arms, ammunition and Provision. The provisions must be dressed to night, that no time be lost in the morning—at which time the...
As the Militia of the several Counties will march to-morrow morning; Colonel Washington desires you will prepare every thing—that they may not be delayed. You must lay in a sufficient Stock of provisions, to carry them to their Stations—and some spare ammunition: if you think a waggon, &c. necessary, they must be provided—and direct them how they are to be supplied afterwards. Let the spare...
You are immediately, upon receipt of this, with the men under your command, to march to Cocke’s-Fort, on Pattersons Creek; and there join him—You are to consult with Captain Cocke, and take his directions, in sending out frequent scouting parties, to scour the country, & make discoveries. It is expected that strict obedience will be paid these Orders; as they are in consequence of a Council of...
A party of the militia of Stafford, is ordered to Harnesses Fort; and will march to-morrow: as will a party of the culpepper Militia, to your upper fort. So soon as they arrive there, I would have you order down your men from that, to your station at Vanmeeters—as you will be posted there to assist the Inhabitants, with your Company and advice, in case of any alarms; and a second descent of...
The Detachment from King-George, under Lieutenant Newgent, is to be stationed at Ashby’s Fort; and you are to proceed with the whole of your Militia, to the Mouth of Little-Capecapon—and are not to station any of them at Cocke’s or Ashby’s Forts—as reinforcements from the other militia will be sent there. I expect a strict compliance with these Orders, and diligence in executing them; and...
You are hereby ordered to proceed with the Detachment under your command, to Captain Ashby’s Fort, on Pattersons Creek: and are to put yourself and party under his command. You are to be very circumspect on your march; and endeavour, as much as possible, to guard against a Surprize. Given at Winchester, May 16th 1756. LB , DLC:GW . Zachary Lewis’s commission as first lieutenant in the...
You are hereby ordered to proceed with the Detachment under your command, to the Upper Fort, on the South Branch (built by Captain Waggener) and post your men at that place. You are to use your utmost endeavours to protect the people from the insults of the Enemy; and encourage them by all fair means, to return to their Dwellings. You are to be particularly careful in seeing that no...
1890Memorandum, 16 May 1756 (Washington Papers)
A copy of the above Instructions was given to Lieutenant Hedgman, of the Stafford Militia; only he was ordered to Harness’s Fort. LB , DLC:GW . Lieutenant Hedgman could have been either of two brothers, William Hedgman (1732–1765) or George Hedgman (1734–1760), sons of Maj. Peter Hedgman (c.1700–1765), a member of the House of Burgesses for Prince William County from 1732 until 1740 and for...
You are hereby ordered to proceed with the Detachment under your command to the mouth of Sleepy-Creek; and chuse at that place, or in the neighbourhood thereof, the most convenient place to post your party: In doing which, consult the most judicious and knowing of the Inhabitants. You must get your men into some of the most tenable Houses; and endeavour to erect or throw up such necessary...
1892Memoranda, 16 May 1756 (Washington Papers)
A copy of the foregoing Instructions was given to Lieutenant Thomas, of the Orange Militia; only he was ordered to Mendenhalls’ Fort. A copy of these orders also given to Lieutenant Bebb, of the Louisa Militia; who was ordered to Henry Enocks’s. LB , DLC:GW . This memorandum follows immediately, in the letter book, GW’s instructions to William Woodford. Lt. Cornelius Thomas (d. 1775) of the...
189316 [i.e. 17] Monday. (Adams Papers)
The Elephant and the Lion, when their Strength is directed and applyd by Man, can exert a prodigious Force. But their Strength, great and surprizing as it is, can produce no great Effects, when applyed by no higher Ingenuity than their own. But Man, allthough the Powers of his Body are but small and contemptible, by the Exercise of his Reason can invent Engines and Instruments, to take...
May 17th Some time last Night an express from the So. Branch arrivd with letter’s from Ashbys Coc⟨ks⟩ & Pearsall’s Forts informg that a considerable body of Indian’s were abt again & had taken a prisr. Upon this all the Militia of Louisa & Stafford save 6 of the first & 8 of the latter deserted and the Caroline Detacht being reduc’d to 40 Rank & file the Spotsylvania to 22 and the Orange being...
1895Orders, 17 May 1756 (Washington Papers)
A court martial to sit immediately for trial of Ezekiel Richardson. LB , DLC:GW . In the summer of 1756, Ezekiel Richardson, once an English sailor, was a 20–year-old soldier in Charles Lewis’s company of the Virginia Regiment. He was a drummer in Jacob Van Braam’s company at the surrender at Fort Necessity in the summer of 1754, and by 1758 he had become the drum major of the 1st Virginia...
You are hereby ordered to proceed with the utmost expedition to Job Pearsalls on the South-Branch: You will be joined by the Militia of Spotsylvania and Orange, who are to march with you to that place. When you arrive there, you are to summon a Council of War, of the Officers with you, and those already at the South Branch; and consult upon the most proper steps to be taken. If you find the...
I would have you remain at Kirkendalls with your party until Colonel Peytons return to the Branch; and then march to the place directed in your former Orders; and take the advice of Captain Waggener, &c. how to act for the security and defence of the Inhabitants—Be very diligent and circumspect on your march or otherwise; and use every endeavour to prevent a surprize from the Enemy, as they...
I had yours last night; and observe your dangers from the Indians about the Neighbourhood. I would have you consult with Governor Innes upon the most expedient measures to pursue: and by all means, let me advise you never to be unguarded in case of a Surprize. I have had some conversation with people from the Branch since I wrote to you last; and find it more requisite to continue your command...
Yours last night —Let nothing put you off your guard, and be prepared for the worst alarms. I would advise you to remain at Pearsalls until Captain [Colonel] Peytons return from escorting Governor Innes; and then you are to take Captain Minors’ post at Kirkendalls; as he is ordered at Colonel Peytons return, also to remove to the South-Branch. I hope there is no need of advising you to be...
1900After Orders, 17 May 1756 (Washington Papers)
After Orders. Lieutenant Thomas, with the Orange Militia, is ordered to Lieutenant Hedgmans post, as all his men have deserted except eight; who are to join the Spotsylvania Militia. Captain Woodford is ordered to Lieutenant Thomas’s post—Lieutenant Bebb, of the Louisa Militia, is to go in pursuit of his men, who deserted all except six men: These six are to join the Carpenters at work. LB ,...
I forgott to Mention in mine of the 14th a Supply of money from the Comisy to pay for Corn, and Flower which Last I am now oblidged to Buy tho’ at no higher Rate than 15/ ⅌ Ct delivered here; as there was not Corn Sufficient made on this side the Courtho. to Sustain the Inhabitants. Salt & Iron are also Wanted wt. several other Necessaries for which I must pay the Cash: pray order the Comisy...
190217 [i.e. 18] Tuesday. (Adams Papers)
17 i.e. 18 Tuesday.
Ad: American Philosophical Society When and for what purpose Franklin prepared this brief chronology has not been determined; no direct connection between it and any of his other writings has been found. The words “late War” in the endorsement suggest 1763 or a subsequent year for its composition, although he may have added the endorsement some time after compiling the text. While he could not...
May 18th last Night Mr Bullet the Officer who I had sent out returnd with 14 of the deserters who to avoid punisht inlisd in the V.R. AD , DLC:GW . See Memorandum respecting the Militia, 1–2 May 1756 . The deserters “inlis[te]d in the V[irginia] R[egiment].”
1905Orders, 18 May 1756 (Washington Papers)
A General court martial, to consist of four Captains and five Subalterns, to sit immediately for trial of Corporal Thomas for Desertion and embezzling some public money entrusted to his care—Also, Henry Campbell, of Captain George Mercers Company, for desertion—Captain Woodward, President. Lieutenant Baker, Judge-Advocate. All Evidences to attend—The President to attend on Colonel Washington...
1906Court-Martial, 18 May 1756 (Washington Papers)
At a General Court Martial Held at Winchester, the 18th day of May, 1756. Captain Henry Woodward, President. Captain Robert Spotswood, Captain Charles Lewis, Captain William Peachy, Lieutenant John Lomax, Lieutenant John Wil[l]iams, Lieutenant John Hall, Lieutenant John Lowry, Lieutenant Nathaniel Gist—Members. Prisoner James Thomas, Corporal—confined by Ensign Dennis McCarty for Desertion,...
1907After Orders, 18 May 1756 (Washington Papers)
After Orders. The General Court Martial, whereof Captain Woodward was President, is dissolved—Colonel Washington has been pleased to approve of the Sentence of the said Court Martial, which was unanimous in opinion, that Corporal James Thomas and Henry Campbell, should suffer Death. All the Troops now in town, except a sufficient number to complete the Detachment of Captain Mercers Company to...
1908Evening Orders, 18 May 1756 (Washington Papers)
Evening Orders. The Officers who remain in town, if they have advanced any necessaries to the men; must send a Return of them to the Paymaster, and desire him to stop it out of their pay; as he will have orders to pay them all off, as soon as they arrive at the Fort. LB , DLC:GW .
You was informed of the insufficiency of your Accompts before the Committee and desired to make them out more plain and satisfactorily; which I hope you have done as far as you can. You have herewith money sent to pay the Troops and copies of the pay-rolls, and Receipts for payments made the Officers here; in order that you may not make any mistakes in your Settlements with them and the men....
When I wrote to you last, I expected to have been at Fort Cumberland ere this; but the multiplicity of business in which I am engaged, will prevent me now until my return from Williamsburgh; which may be sometime hence: as I wait, at this place, the arrival of an association of Gentlemen; who are, I am told by the Governor, to point out the places for Forts to be built on our Frontiers. I am...