George Washington Papers

General Orders, 9 September 1776

General Orders

Head Quarters, New-York, sept: 9th 1776.

Parole: Mifflin.Countersign: Putnam

Elias Matthew appointed Quarter Master to Tyler’s regiment.1

Gardiner Carpenter appointed Pay Master to Colonel Huntington’s regiment.2

The Colonels, or commanding officers of regiments, or Pay Masters where appointed, are immediately to prepare and send in, their Pay Abstracts, for the Months of July & August—The Pay Master will attend at his old Office at Mr Lispenard’s on Thursday and Friday to receive those of the division under General Putnam. A time and place will be appointed in General Orders to morrow to receive those of Genl Heath’s & Spencer’s divisions.3

Mr Adjutant Bradford, to do the duty of Brigade Major to Genl Nixons Brigade, during Major Box’s illness.4

The Maryland Brigade being ordered to march, Genl Fellows’s to supply 250 Men in their stead, ’till further Orders.5

The several Brigade Majors are required to have their men, on the Grand parade, at eight O’Clock, every Monday6 precisely, or they will be publickly reprimanded. The late relief of the Guards is a Subject of general Complaint—No failure of duty in the Adjutant will execuse, unless the Adjutant is put in Arrest.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW; Df, in Joseph Reed’s writing, DNA: RG 93, Orderly Books, vol. 15. The two passwords in the draft are not in Reed’s writing.

1Elias Mather of Connecticut served as quartermaster of Col. John Tyler’s 10th Continental Regiment until 1 Jan. 1777, when he became quartermaster of the 6th Connecticut Regiment. Commissioned a second lieutenant in the 6th Connecticut Regiment on 15 Nov. 1778, Mather remained in the army until September 1780.

2Gardner Carpenter (1749–1815) of Connecticut was paymaster of Col. Jedediah Huntington’s 17th Continental Regiment until December 1776.

3The following Thursday and Friday were 12 and 13 September. Times and places for receiving Heath’s and Spencer’s abstracts are given in General Orders, 11 September.

4William Bradford, Jr. (1752–1811), of Bristol, R.I., a son of deputy governor William Bradford, was adjutant and a second lieutenant in Col. Daniel Hitchcock’s 11th Continental Regiment. The younger Bradford was named a temporary aide-de-camp to Gen. Charles Lee on 29 Oct. 1776 (see General Orders, that date). In December 1776 he was appointed major of Col. Benjamin Tallman’s Rhode Island state regiment (see Bartlett, R.I. Records description begins John Russell Bartlett, ed. Records of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, in New England. 10 vols. Providence, 1856–65. description ends , 8:64, 74), and in January 1777 he became major of Col. Henry Sherburne’s Additional Continental Regiment, in which he served until he retired on 1 Jan. 1781 (see GW to Sherburne, 12 Jan 1777, RNHi).

5At GW’s request Robert Hanson Harrison wrote Heath at 8:15 P.M. on this date, informing him that “all the Mary land Troops that were here yesterday were ordered to march to day and Join the Troops at Kings Bridge & It’s dependencies—Three Companies more arrived this Evening which are also ordered to march to Morrow Morning” (MHi: Heath Papers).

6The draft reads “every M[o]rning.” See also “Williams’ Diary,” description begins “Elisha Williams’ Diary of 1776.” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 48 (1924): 334–53; 49 (1925): 44–60. description ends 48:340.

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