George Washington Papers

General Orders, 23 February 1776

General Orders

Head Quarters, Cambridge, Feby 23rd 1776

Parole Canterbury.Countersign, St Asaph

Lieut. Thos Cummings tried at a Genl Court Martial for “behaving in a scandalous and infamous manner, unbecoming the Character of an Officer and Gentleman”—is sentenced to be cashiered—The General approves the sentence and orders it to take place immediately.1

The General also confirms the sentence upon James McCormick of Capt. Farrington’s Company, in Col. sergeants Regiment, and commands the execution of it, at the discretion of his Colonel.2

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Thomas Cummings was a second lieutenant in Col. William Prescott’s Massachusetts regiment during 1775 and became a first lieutenant in Prescott’s 7th Continental Regiment on 1 Jan. 1776.

2For McCormick’s sentence, see General Orders, 11 Feb. 1776.

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