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General Orders, 1 April 1779

General Orders

Head-Quarters Middle-Brook thursday April 1st 1779.

Parole Huntingdon—C. Signs Henly. Ham.

At a General Court Martial whereof Colonel Hall was President March 1779. Ludwick Wolfe, Trumpeter in the Marechausie Corps was tried for, “Concerting a plot to desert to the enemy and carry with him two horses the property of Captn Von Heer.”

The court are of opinion he is guilty of attempting to desert to the enemy being a breach of the 4th Article of the 6th section of the Articles of War1 & sentence him to receive one hundred lashes on his bare back well laid on.

The General approves the sentence and orders it to be put in execution tomorrow.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1The fourth article of the sixth section of the articles of war says that any “officer or soldier … convicted of having advised or persuaded any other officer or soldier to desert the service of the United States, shall suffer such punishment as shall be inflicted upon him by the sentence of a court-martial” (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 5:793). Two other members of Capt. Bartholomew von Heer’s Maréchaussée Corps had previously been tried on these charges and acquitted (see General Orders, 29 March).

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