George Washington Papers

General Orders, 23 January 1776

General Orders

Head Quarters, Cambridge, Jany 23rd 1776

Parole Fairfax.Countersign Vernon.1

Timothy Downing, tried at a General Court martial for “Desertion,” being found guilty, is sentenced to receive thirty-nine Lashes upon the bare back with a Cat’o’Nine tails, and it appearing to the Court that as the Prisoner is worthless and incorrigible, they order him to be drum’d out of the army.

A Court of enquiry, to sit upon Thursday Morning next, at General Green’s on Prospect hill, to examine into a complaint exhibited against Col. Stark of the 5th Regt of Foot by Samuel Hobert Esqr. Pay Master of the New-Hampshire Forces2—All Evidences and Persons concerned to attend the Court.

Brigadier Genl Green President
Col. Nixon
Col. Webb
} Members { Col. Hitchcock
Col. Varnum

The Judge Advocate to attend the court; which will sit precisely at Ten O’Clock.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Artemas Ward’s orderly book gives the countersign as “Mount Vernon” (MHi).

2For Samuel Hobart’s complaint against John Stark, see the New Hampshire Provincial Congress to GW, 4 Jan., and General Orders, 6 Feb. 1776, n.1.

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