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General Orders, 30 December 1777

General Orders

Head-Quarters, Valley Forge, Decr 30th 1777.

Parole: Countersign:

Great numbers of prisoners are now in the Provost, suffering extremely from the severity of the season. Brigade General Courts Martial are to be appointed for to morrow, and to sit daily, ’till all the prisoners belonging to the respective brigades are tried.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

Brig. Gen. George Weedon’s orderly book adds the following passage to the general orders for this date: “a Flag will go into Philadelphia to morrow morning any person wanting to Send any thing to the prisoners must apply to the Comissary Genl. of Prisoners at the Cloathier’s Store” (Weedon’s Orderly Book description begins Valley Forge Orderly Book of General George Weedon of the Continental Army under Command of Genl George Washington, in the Campaign of 1777–8: Describing the Events of the Battles of Brandywine, Warren Tavern, Germantown, and Whitemarsh, and of the Camps at Neshaminy, Wilmington, Pennypacker’s Mills, Skippack, Whitemarsh, & Valley Forge. New York, 1902. description ends , 173).

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