George Washington Papers

General Orders, 29 February 1776

General Orders

Head Quarters, Cambridge, Feby 29th 1776

Parole Franklin.Countersign Carrol.

The commanding Officers of brigades are to order all the Spears, in the several posts, and redoubts, to be examined, clean’d and collected in the proper places, and make a Return of the number fit for service in each brigade, and where deposited.1

Ensign Andrew Brown of the 7th Regiment of Foot, tried at a late General Court Martial whereof Col: Phinney was President for “insulting and challenging his commanding Officer, Lieut. Col. Moulton”—The Court were of Opinion, that the Prisoner was not guilty of the whole of the charge, but only of insulting Colonel Moulton; therefore adjudge him publicly to ask pardon of Lieut. Col. Moulton, for the affront—The General approves the sentence, and orders the execution of it to be as soon as possible, and the prisoner then to be released from his arrest.2

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Gen. Nathanael Greene reported on 2 Mar. that there were on Prospect Hill 310 spears fit for service and 20 needing to be repaired and on Cobble Hill 36 spears fit for service (DLC:GW).

2Andrew Brown (d. 1797) of Massachusetts was a volunteer at the Battle of Bunker Hill in June 1775. He served as deputy mustermaster general for the eastern department at Boston from May 1777 to the end of the war. The 7th Continental Regiment was commanded by Col. William Prescott. Lt. Col. Johnson Moulton was second in command.

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