George Washington Papers

General Orders, 11 February 1776

General Orders

Head Quarters, Cambridge, Feby 11th 1776

Parole Bristol.Countersign Hadley.

Benj: Woodman of Capt. Darby’s Company, in Col. Prescot’s Regiment,1 tried at a late General Court Martial whereof Col. Huchinson was President for “Desertion”—is found guilty by the Court and sentenced to receive Twenty Lashes upon his bare back—The General approves the sentence, and orders it to be executed, at such time and place, as Col. Prescot shall think proper.

James M’Cormick of Capt. Farrington’s Company in Col. Serjeants Regt tried at the above Court Martial for “assaulting, beating and robbing, Samuel Marston Serjt in Col. Poor’s Regiment”—is found guilty by the Court, and sentenced to receive thirty-nine Lashes, and order Four-pounds to be stopped out of his pay, to reimburse Serjeant Marston, what the prisoner robb’d him of.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Samuel Darby (1737–1807) of York, District of Maine, served as a captain in Col. James Scammans’s Massachusetts regiment during 1775, in Col. William Prescott’s 7th Continental Regiment during 1776, and in Col. John Bailey’s 2d Massachusetts Regiment during 1777 and part of 1778. Promoted to major of the 7th Massachusetts Regiment in September 1778, Darby held that rank until he left the army in June 1783.

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