George Washington Papers

General Orders, 30 July 1776

General Orders

Head Quarters, New York, July 30th 1776.

Parole Lancaster.Countersign Medford.

The Quarter Master General is to provide Canteens, as soon as possible, and to have the Water in the several works, in casks, examined, that there may be a fresh supply if necessary.

It is represented to the General, that the pump Water in the City, is very unhealthy; The Troops are therefore cautioned against the use of it; and the Quarter Master and Commissary Generals, are to consult together, and fix upon some mode of supply of fresh water, for the troops in the City.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

“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 199, includes the following orders at the end of the general orders for this date: “All the Detachments from Kings Bridge & the Adjoining Posts from this Army to join their respective Corps here except that at Burdets Ferry & the Carpenters Order’d on the 24th Instant. A Field Officer, 3 Subs, 6 Serjeants, 6 Corpo[r]als, 6 Drums & Fifes & 150 Privates to Parade to Morrow at 6 oClock in the morning on the Grand Parade with Arms to go up by Water & relieve the Party stationd at Burdetts Ferry—when there to take Orders from General Mifflin & take one Days Provision.

“Baldwin & Baileys Regiments to be omitted in this detail on Account of their being Muster’d on Thursday. Major [John] Ripley to Command the Guard Orderd the 26 Instant are to be remov’d from Harrisons Brewery & Mounted at Mr. Lispenards where a Guard Room is provided for them.” See also 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 81:172–73.

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