George Washington Papers

Orderly Book, 16 November 1758

Orderly Book

[16 November 1758]

Camp near Bush Run Novr 16. 17581

Parole Bedford

Capt. McNeill Capt. for the day, the same Guards to be mounted as was last night and in the same manner.2

The Company of Artificers and 150 Men to parade at break of Day to morrow for working on the roads to be Coverd by the 3 Division of the first V. Regiment the whole to be under the direction of Lt Colo. Dagworthy no delays to be Sufferd on Acct of Baggage Horses &c. as they will follow when the line Marches—All the Tools which have been dispers’d about are immediately to be deliverd to the Sentrys under whose Care the rest are, Capt. Fields is to take Charge of all the Tools, and every Officer who receives any of him is to see them deliverd to him at Night.

The Axes are to be ground and put in the best order—the Genl to beat at 7 OClock and the Assembly at half an Hour after when every thing is to be in readiness to March at a moments warning.

1GW issued these orders after reaching his campsite at dark on 16 November. As he wrote Forbes on the morning of 17 Nov., he had been able by nightfall on the sixteenth to cut the road only about six miles from where he had camped on Chestnut Hill the night before. GW put “Camp near bushy run” at the head of his letter to Forbes on the morning of 17 Nov. and enclosed this letter in one to Bouquet headed “Camp West of bushy Run”; but what was known then and now as Bushy Run is a tributary of Brush Creek, and both run and creek are more than twenty miles northwest of where GW had got on 16 Nov., by his own reckoning about twelve miles from Loyalhanna. In any case what GW was calling Bushy Run must have been one of several tributaries of Loyalhanna Creek.

2John McNeill was captain lieutenant of GW’s company in the Virginia Regiment before getting a company of his own in the Regiment in the fall of 1757.

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