George Washington Papers

Orderly Book, 22 November 1758

Orderly Book

[22 November 1758]

Camp Cross Turtle Creek Novr 22d 1758

Parole Shippenburgh

Lt Colo. Dagworthy to Mount this night in the room of Lt Colo. Lloyd who marchd forward with Colo. Bouquet.

For to morrow Brigadier Washington Colo. Byrd Lt Colo. Mercer and Majr Waddel the Men to lay upon their Arms this night & to observe the Greatest Silence in Camp, the Officers is always to Exame the Arms and Amunition of their Division before they March and see that Every thing is ready for Immediate Action making the Men open their touch Holes and prime afresh out of their Horns, & see that their Steels are in a proper condition to Strike fire.

The Troops to be ready to March to morrow morning at 7 OClock in the same Disposition they Did this Day. The 2d Brigade opening the road & the 3d to Escort the Artillery.

After Orders

It is General Forbes’s express order that all the falling Axes in Camp, wether in Possession of Officers or Soldiers are to be deliverd to Mr Ward at the Artillery to morrow morning at 7 OClock and whatever belongs to private Property will be returnd upon Coming to new Ground.

Three Platoons of 3d Brigade & 2 of the 2d are to March to morrow at Day break to open the road to Colo. Bouquets Camp under the Direction of Capt. Callander, and to parade at the head of the Artillery.1

1At the end of the day on this day, Forbes wrote Bouquet: “I have the pleasure of yours by Capt Callender just as I had taken the resolution to halt the two . . . Brigades here for this night, as indeed it seemed to me impossible to proceed, for it was a quarter of hour past four and rather dark. . . . it is now seven oClock and the rear is not yet come in. I therefore orderd Col: [Archibald] Montgomerys working party and advanced guard amounting to near 300 men to march forward to join & strengthen you, which will be sufficient.

“If your post pleases you altho I do not know the distance to F Duquesne I would begin early to morrow morning and putt it in a posture of Defence. . . . Capt Callendar Says that if there was 3 miles cutt forward from your camp that all the rest of the road is easy to the fort. I think this might be tryed tomorrow if possible” (Stevens, Bouquet Papers description begins Donald H. Kent et al., eds. The Papers of Henry Bouquet. 6 vols. Harrisburg, Pa., 1951-94. description ends , 2:606–7). Robert Callender, a captain in the 1st Battalion of the Pennsylvania Regiment, was a frontiersman and a noted Indian trader.

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