Head Quarters, Harlem-Heights, Sept: 18th 1776.
Parole: Jersey.Countersign: Newport.
The Brigade Majors are immediately to settle a Court Martial for the trial of prisoners; to meet at the white house near Head Quarters.1
Commanding Officers of regiments, and all other officers, are charged in the strictest manner, to prevent all plundering, and to seize every Soldier carrying Plunder, whether belonging to the same regiment or not, or on whatever pretence it is taken, and the General positively commands, that such plunderer be immediately carried to the next Brigadier or commanding officer of a regiment, who is instantly to have the offender whipped on the spot.
The Regimental Surgeons are to take care of their own sick for the present, until the General Hospital can be established on a proper footing—They are to keep as near their regiments as possible, and in case of Action to leave their Sick under the care of their Mates, and be at hand to assist the wounded.
Under the pretence of ranging or scouting, the greatest irregularities and excesses have been committed, the General therefore forbids in the most express manner, any such parties, but by his leave, or of the Brigadier General of the day in writing & then always to be under the direction of an officer—The General does not mean to discourage patrolling and scouting Parties, when properly regulated, on the other hand he will be pleased with, and accept the services of any good officers, who are desirous of being thus employed, and will distinguish them.
Genl Parsons, Genl Scott’s and Col. Sergeant’s Brigades are to march over Kingsbridge and take General Heath’s Orders for encamping—Col. Shee, Magaw, Haslett, and the regiment under Col. Brodhead, are to return to Mount Washington, and be under the immediate Care of Genl Mifflin.
Col. Wards Regiment from Connecticut, may for the present, be annexed to the Brigade commanded by Col: serjeant.
Genl Mifflin’s, McDougall’s, Heard’s, Wadworth’s, and Fellow’s Brigades, and the Brigades under the Command of Cols. Silliman & Douglass, are to have each a regiment in the Field this evening, by Mr Kortright’s house.2
Varick transcript, DLC:GW; Df (incomplete), in Joseph Reed’s writing, DNA: RG 93, Orderly Books, vol. 15. The two passwords in the draft are not in Reed’s writing.
1. The white house apparently stood where present-day St. Nicholas Avenue meets 160th Street (Johnston, Harlem Heights description begins Henry P. Johnston. The Battle of Harlem Heights, September 16, 1776: With a Review of the Events of the Campaign. 1897. Reprint. New York, 1970. description ends , 93). “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 48:343–44, reads: “to meet at the Brick House back of the Lines immediately[.] Orderly Sergts. from Genl. McDugals General Parsons Genl. Nixons General Wadsworth General Heards Colo. Duglass & Colo Sillimans brigade to attend at Head Quarters every Day.” The latter sentence is struck out in the draft.
2. The draft ends: “by Mr Cortrights House back of.” “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 48:344, reads: “by McCartrights House back of the Lines at 5 O’Clock this afternoon as Piquet Advance Posts the whole to be under the command of Brigadier Generals who are to see thay are properly posted from the North River round to the Encampment above the Road.
“Genl. McDougal Brigadier of the Day & to appoint the Field officers of the Picquet. All Fireing in Camp is Expressly forbid but under the Direction of an Officer at Retreat Beating Any offender to be immediately seized & receive 10 Lashes by order of the nearest Brigadier or Colo. of a Regiment.
“An exact return of each Regt. to be given to the Adjutant General Without Delay noticing the Number of Men Killed & Wounded in the Late Skirmish on the 16th.
“The Brigadiers & Officers commanding Brigades are to settle with the Quarter Master General for the Waggons which may be necessary to do the Ordinary Dutys of the Brigade & the latter is to Furnish them accordingly.”
Gen. Joseph Spencer’s headquarters was at a house rented by Lawrence Kortright in the area east of present-day Amsterdam Avenue near 148th Street. The grand parade ground of the army was in an adjoining field (Johnston, Harlem Heights description begins Henry P. Johnston. The Battle of Harlem Heights, September 16, 1776: With a Review of the Events of the Campaign. 1897. Reprint. New York, 1970. description ends , 93).