George Washington Papers

Orders, 27–28 October 1756


Parole: Catawba.

[27, 28 October 1756]
Winchester, Wednesday 27th October, 1756.

Parole: Blakeney.

Winchester, Thursday 28th October, 1756.

As Colonel Washington is to hold conference with the catawba Indians, betwixt eleven & twelve o’clock1—He desires all the Officers in town to attend at that time. and during the time of conference, he orders a Sergeant & Drummer to beat through the Town, ordering all Soldiers & Towns people to use the Indians civilly and kindly; to avoid giving them liquor; and to be cautious what they speak before them: as all of them understand english, and ought not to be affronted.


1The party of Catawba Indians lost two of their number on a scouting expedition with men from the Virginia Regiment and in late December began their return home. See GW to Dinwiddie, 9 Nov., 2 Dec., and, especially, Dinwiddie to GW, 27 Dec. 1756.

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