George Washington Papers

General Orders, 26 February 1776

General Orders

Head Quarters, Cambridge, Feby 26th 1776

Parole New-York.Countersign Lee.

The Commanding Officers of Regiments are immediately to order all the Axes—Pick-axes—Spades—Shovels, and other intrenching Tools, now in their possession, to be forthwith sent to the Qr Master General’s Store in Cambridge.

All Officers, non-commissioned Officers and Soldiers are positively forbid playing at Cards, and other Games of Chance; At this time of public distress, men may find enough to do in the service of their God, and their Country, without abandoning themselves to vice and immorality.1

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For GW’s previous orders forbidding gambling, see General Orders, 3 Oct. 1775. In the manuscript a sketch of a pointing hand and two asterisks appears at the beginning of this paragraph. See also General Orders, 27 Feb. 1776, source note.

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