George Washington Papers

General Orders, 4 October 1776

General Orders

Head Quarters, Harlem Heights, Octob: 4th 1776

Parole: Holland.Countersign: Boston.

The shameful Inattention in some of the Camps to decency and cleanliness, in providing Necessaries, and picking up the Offal and Filth of the Camp, having been taken Notice of before in general, After this time particular Regiments will be pointed out by Name when such practices prevail.

The Court Martial whereof Col. Magaw was President is dissolved—The Brigade Majors are immediately to settle a new one, Col. Weedon to preside.

As there are many Officers in Camp, whose Health will not admit their going on Picquet, but can attend Court Martial, the Brigade Majors are to attend to this Circumstance in forming the Court, by which means the duty will be easier to the whole.

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.

The draft includes the following orders at the beginning: “300 Men properly officer’d to parade at 1 oClock on the Road opposite to Head Quarters for special Duty this Afternoon without Arms—General Puttnam will give them Orders. Major Leech’s Funeral will be attended this Afternoon at 4 oClock from Col. Weden’s Tent.”

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