George Washington Papers

General Orders, 13 September 1775

General Orders

Head Quarters, Cambridge, Sept. 13th 1775

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The thirty three Riflemen of Col. Thompsons Battalion, tried yesterday by a General Court Martial, whereof Col. Nixon was president, for “disobedient and mutinous Behaviour”; are each of them sentenced to pay the sum of Twenty Shillings, except John Leamon, who, over and above his fine, is to suffer six days imprisonment—The Pay Master of the regiment to stop the Fine from each man, out of their next Month’s pay, which must be paid to Dr Church for the use of the General hospital.1

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For an account of the mutiny, see Nathanael Greene to GW, 10 Sept. 1775, n.1. Jesse Lukens wrote on 13 Sept. that the culprits received “too small a punishment for so base a crime. Mitigated, no doubt, on account of their having come so far to serve the cause and its being the first crime. The men are returned to their camp and seem exceedingly sorry for their misbehavior and promise amendment” (Pa. Archives description begins Samuel Hazard et al., eds. Pennsylvania Archives. 9 ser., 138 vols. Philadelphia and Harrisburg, 1852–1949. description ends , 2d ser., 10:8–10). John Leaman was a private in Capt. George Nagel’s Pennsylvania rifle company.

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