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General Orders, 27 July 1776

General Orders

Head Quarters, New York, July 27th 1776.

Parole Effingham.Countersign.

Complaints are made, that officers who are to attend the men upon Fatigue, and other duty, grow remiss; the General hopes they will consider what the effects of so bad an example might be to the men, and as he believes it proceeds rather from inattention, than design, flatters himself there will be no occasion to remind them of their duty hereafter.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

“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 195, includes the following court-martial verdicts at the end of the general orders for this date: “John Betsey of Captain [Dimond] Moretons [Morton] Company in the Train of Artillery try’d by a General Court Martial, whereof Col Webb was President, for Drunkeness—absenting himself from Guard without leave threatning to desert & take a Mans life away & for abusive Language is found guilty & sentenc’d to receive 39 Lashes. James Steel of Captain Peirces Company Col Ritzmas Regiment try’d at the above Court Martial for sleeping on his Post is found Guilty & Sentenc’d to receive Twenty Lashes. The General approves of each of the above Sentences & Orders that they be put in Execution at the usual time & place.”

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