George Washington Papers

General Orders, 10 June 1776

General Orders

Head Quarters, New York, June 10th 1776.

Parole Bedford.Countersign Cumberland.

The Brigadier Generals are requested to make their different Brigades, perfectly acquainted with their several alarm posts, and that they pay particular attention to the men’s arms, and see that they are in perfect good fighting order.

The Colonels, or commanding Officers of Regiments, from which men were taken, to compose His Excellency The Commander in Chief’s guard, are not to include them in their future Returns, or Abstracts, after the month of March, they being consider’d as a distinct Corps.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

Capt. Abraham Dodge’s orderly book includes the following paragraph at the end of the general orders for this date: “The pay master General has removed his office to the house of Learned [Leonard] Lispenard Esqr. by the North River Near his excellency General Washingtons, where all who have business to Transact with him are desired to attend[.] The Colonels of the several Regiments are desired to make their Abstracts on a whole Sheet of Paper that the paymaster General May have sufficient room to draw the warranty and make the Necessary Indorsements” (Dodge, “Orderly Book,” description begins “Orderly Book Kept by Capt. Abraham Dodge of Ipswich, January 1, 1776 to August 1, 1776.” Essex Institute Historical Collections 80 (1944): 37–53, 111–30, 208–28, 368–84; 81 (1945): 87–94, 152–175. description ends 224; see also “Henshaw’s Orderly Book,” description begins “The Orderly Books of Colonel William Henshaw, October 1, 1775, through October 3, 1776.” Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, n.s., 57 (1948): 17–234. description ends 151). GW’s headquarters after his return from Philadelphia were at Abraham Mortier’s house a short distance north of the city (see General Orders, 14 April 1776, source note).

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