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General Orders, 13 October 1775

General Orders

Head Quarters, Cambridge, Octr 13th 1775.

Parole Kenebec.Countersign. Lebanon.

Lieut. Richard Woodward of Capt. Gridley’s Company, in Col. Gridleys Regiment of Artillery, tried at a late General Court martial, whereof Col. Woodbridge was president,1 for “Cowardice in the Action upon the 17th June last, and for mutiny” The Court were unanimously of opinion, that the Charge of Cowardice on the 17th of June last, is fully supported against the prisoner; and are also unanimously of opinion, that the prisoner is guilty of mutiny, and of a malicious, vexatious, and groundless accusation of Capt. Gridley, at a late General Court Martial:2 The Court therefore unanimously adjudge the prisoner Lieut. Woodward to be cashiered and rendered incapable of serving in the Continental army.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Artemas Ward’s orderly book reads “whereof Col: Bridge was President” (MHi). Ebenezer Bridge served as president of a general court-martial from 9 to 28 October. See General Orders, 8 and 28 Oct. 1775.

2For Woodward’s accusations against Capt. Samuel Gridley, see General Orders, 11 Oct. 1775. The action of 17 June was the Battle of Bunker Hill.

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