George Washington Papers

Orders, 2 June 1756


Parole: Knowledge.

Winchester: Wednesday, June 2d 1756.

Captain Bell and his men are to march immediately to Conogochieg—Captain Peachy and Charles Lewis Lieutenants Bullet and Lowry;1 Ensigns Hubbard and McCarty, are to remain in town: The rest of the Officers are to set out immediately for Fredericksburgh.

Colonel Washington will receive the Draughts which arrived here yesterday. They are to be drawn up at five o’clock this afternoon for that purpose.2


1Lt. John Lowry (Loury), who was assigned to Capt. Henry Woodward’s company in the Virginia Regiment on 16 Oct. 1755, served in William Bronaugh’s, John Mercer’s, and David Bell’s companies before leaving the regiment in December 1756.

2Parties of recruits who had volunteered or been drafted under the provisions for drafting single men from the militia (see Dinwiddie to GW, 8 May 1756, n.4) began arriving in Fredericksburg in mid-May. In addition to the letter to GW from Samuel Cobbs and Thomas Tabb, 1 June 1756, reporting that twenty-seven volunteers were sent on 26 May from Amelia County to Fredericksburg, there are a number of returns in DLC:GW. On 21 May eight recruits from Charles City County and two from New Kent County reported to Capt. Henry Woodward of the Virginia Regiment at Fredericksburg. On 23 May eight men came into Fredericksburg from Richmond County; on 24 May five, from Northampton County; on 25 May fourteen, from Westmoreland County; and on 28 May eight, from King William County. There are also returns naming one man who enlisted in Elizabeth City County on 17 May, eight who enlisted in Norfolk Borough on 18 May, ten who enlisted in Norfolk County on 19 May, and one who enlisted in King George on 3 June 1756. GW reported to Dinwiddie, 25 June 1756, that 246 “Draughts” had been “brought in.” One hundred and twenty-five militiamen from twenty-six counties are listed on 4 Dec. 1756 in GW’s letter book as having been discharged from the Virginia Regiment on 1 Dec. as required by the law for drafting them. The list is in volume 4 of the Papers, Colonial Series description begins W. W. Abbot et al., eds. The Papers of George Washington, Colonial Series. 10 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1983–95. description ends .

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