George Washington Papers

Orderly Book, 1 November 1758

Orderly Book

[1 November 1758]

Loyal Hannon Wednesday Novr 1 17581

G. O.

Parole Marlboraugh

Field Officer for to morrow Lt Colo. Dagworthy.

Adjutant for to morrow 2d B. Pensilvanis.

The Commanding Officer of each Corps to Cause a proper place to be made for the makg of Cartridg[e]s In and to employ a number of hands in that Duty till they have got the whole Compleated.

His Honour the Goverr Fauquire has been pleasd to appoint Ens. Speak and Woodford to the ranks of Lieuts. & to appoint Waltr Cunningham and Wm Cock Gentlemen Volunteers to be Ensigns in the above Regimt and they are to be Obey’d Accordingly.2

Lt Woodford & Ens. Cock is to do duty in Capt. Robt Stewarts Company untill further orders, & Lt Speak in Capt. Bullitts Compy and Ens. Cunningham in Capt. Waggoners.

No Company is to have more than 4 Serjts & 4 Corporals & those now Acting in that Capacity if they dont exceed that number they are Confirm’d.

Ezechael Richardson is appointed Serjt in the Colo.[’s] Company.3

1The report of the guard for 31 Oct., signed by Lt. Col. Thomas Lloyd and dated 1 Nov., is in DLC:GW probably because it was given to GW as senior officer present at Loyalhanna during Bouquet’s absence at Forbes’s encampment at Laurel Hill.

2This and subsequent paragraphs are GW’s orders for the 1st Virginia Regiment. George Speake and William Woodford had been ensigns in GW’s Virginia Regiment since the summer of 1757. Woodford was still a lieutenant when the assembly voted the officers in the Virginia Regiment a year’s pay in 1762 before its dissolution; and Walter Cuningham and William Cocke had reached that rank. Cuningham, of Augusta County, had just been acquitted by a court of inquiry where he was judged to have “done nothing to prevent his preferment” (court of inquiry, 30 Oct. 1758, DLC:GW).

3Ezekiel (Ezechael) Richardson, who identified himself as an Englishman by birth and a sailor by trade, enlisted in the Virginia forces in January 1755 in Spotsylvania County. He was a sergeant when he was court-martialed in the spring of 1756 and reduced in grade (Orders, 5, 17 May 1756, and roll of Capt. Charles Lewis’s company, 13 July, in DLC:GW).

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