George Washington Papers

General Orders, 17 August 1776

General Orders

Head Quarters, New York, Augt 17th 1776

Parole: Falmouth.Countersign: Essex.

Benjamin Durant of Capt: Wadsworth’s Company & Col. Bailey’s Regiment,1 convicted by a General Court Martial whereof Col. Wyllys was President, of “getting drunk on Guard,” sentenced to receive Thirty Lashes.

Patrick Lion of Capt: Curtis’s Company; Regiment late Learnad’s, convicted by the same Court, of “sleeping on his post”; sentenced to receive Twenty-five lashes.

Benjamin Wallace of Capt: Stewart’s, independent Company of New-York Forces convicted by the same Court of “Desertion, and inlisting into another Company,” sentenced to receive Thirty-nine lashes.

The General approves the above sentences, and orders them to be executed at the usual time and place.

The General recommends to all commanding officers of divisions, brigades and regiments, in issuing their several orders, to be careful they do not interfere with General Orders, which have been, or may be issued; and those Gentlemen who have not had an opportunity from their late arrival in Camp, to know what have been issued; will do well to inform themselves, and more especially before any special order is issued, which may have a general effect.

The Guard ordered to mount at Lispenard’s Brewery, in the evening, to mount in the day also, and march off the parade with the other guards.2

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Although Peleg Wadsworth was commissioned a captain in Col. John Bailey’s 23d Continental Regiment on 1 Jan. 1776, he did not accompany the regiment on its recent march from Boston to New York but remained in Boston, where he served as brigade major to the troops there, a position to which Gen. Artemas Ward had appointed him on 22 April (see Artemas Ward to GW, 22 Aug.).

2GW apparently is referring to the guard that he directed in the General Orders of 26 July to be stationed at Harrison’s Brewery on the Hudson River near Leonard Lispenard’s house.

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