George Washington Papers

Orderly Book, 28 October 1758

Orderly Book

[28 October 1758]

Loyall Hannon Saturday Octr 28. 1758

Parole Harwich

A Court Martial to sit this forenoon at 10 OClock for the Trial of Serjt Clark and Thomas Daviss.

Capt. Blagg President


Lt Buchner Lt Dangerfield
Lt Fleming Lt Russell

All Evidences to attend.1

G. O.

Field Officer for to Morrow.

Adjt for to morrow the R. Americans.

As soon as the Picquits March they are to be replacd Immediately.

The Capt. of the line who is first for Detachmt is to March with the Picquit and to see them parad’d every Evening, each Corps is to build a Shade of Clapboards in the Indian way to advance at retreat beating their Picquits which are to retreat to the Camp in the Morning.

The Houses of Office are to be filld up and new ones Made the same for the Hospittal, any Soldier who shall Ease himself any where else shall be Puniss’d, the Escort of waggons is to go back with the waggons this Afternoon.

A reinforcement of 1 Lt & 30 Men of the Line is to March with them over the Laurel Hill and then to Join the Camp.

The Effects of Lt Ray is to be Sold at 3 OClock this Afternoon at the Battery within the Intrenchment.2

1These orders for setting up the court-martial to be composed of officers in the 1st Virginia Regiment were probably GW’s, and the general orders that follow were undoubtedly made by Bouquet. John Blagg, who was a lieutenant in the 1st Virginia Regiment, probably was acting as captain of either the company belonging to Maj. Andrew Lewis, who was a prisoner, or that of Capt. Walter Steuart, who had gone to New York. Sergeant Clark was probably either George Clark of Capt. Joshua Lewis’s company or John Clark of Henry Woodward’s company, both in the 1st Virginia Regiment. In the fall of 1757 George Clark was a 23–year-old sergeant and John Clark was a 26–year-old corporal. Both were born in England. Thomas Davis was a 23-year-old soldier in Andrew Lewis’s company.

2Bouquet wrote General Forbes on 20 Oct.: “Lieutenant [Joseph] Ray of the Royal American Regiment died yesterday of a fever. . . . [He] was at the same time quartermaster, and let [Lt Lewis] Ourry have half of the pay, as he performed the duty” (Stevens, Bouquet Papers description begins Donald H. Kent et al., eds. The Papers of Henry Bouquet. 6 vols. Harrisburg, Pa., 1951-94. description ends , 2:578–81).

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