George Washington Papers

General Orders, 8 September 1775

General Orders

Head Quarters, Cambridge, Sept. 8th 1775

Parole Edington1Countersign Falkland

Capt. Perry of Col. Walkers regiment, tried at a General Court Martial, whereof Col. Alden was president for “permitting persons to pass the Lines on Boston Neck,” is found guilty of the Crimes laid to his charge; but from alleviating Circumstances, is sentenced only to be severely reprimanded at the head of his regiment—The General approves the sentence, and orders it to be put in execution accordingly.2

The Detachment going under the Command of Col. Arnold, to be forthwith taken off the Roll of duty, and to march this evening to Cambridge Common; where Tents, and every thing necessary, is provided for their reception—The rifle Company at Roxbury, and those from Prospect-hill, to march early to morrow Morning to join the above detachment:3 Such Officers & men as are taken from Genl Green’s brigade, for the above detachment, are to attend the Muster of their respective regiments to morrow morning at seven ’OClock, upon Prospect-hill, when the Muster is finished, they are forthwith to rejoin the Detachment at Cambridge.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Artemas Ward’s orderly book reads “Parole Edentown” (MHi: Ward Papers).

2Capt. John Perry was probably a resident of Rehobeth, Mass., the town in which his regimental commander Col. Timothy Walker (1718–1796) lived. Walker represented Rehobeth in the first and second provincial congresses and became colonel of one of the colony’s regiments in late May 1775. He remained in the Continental army until the end of this year. Ichabod Alden (1739–1778) of Duxbury was lieutenant colonel of Col. Theophilus Cotton’s Massachusetts regiment at this time. In November 1776 Alden became colonel of the 7th Massachusetts Regiment, and he served in that position until his death two years later in the fighting at Cherry Valley.

3Capt. Daniel Morgan’s rifle company came from Roxbury. Captains William Hendricks and Matthew Smith were the commanders of the two rifle companies from Prospect Hill.

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