George Washington Papers

General Orders, 2 November 1776

General Orders

Head-Quarters, White-Plains, Nov: 2nd 1776

Parole: Westchester.Countersign: Sussex.

The General expressly forbids any person, or soldier, belonging to the Army, to set fire to any House, or Barn, or Barn, on any pretence, without a special order from some General Officer.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

Robert Hanson Harrison writes in a postscript to his letter to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., of this date that “His Excellency [GW] is busily employed in reconnoitring the Country hereabouts” (Ct: Trumbull Papers). “All matters are as quiet as if the enemy were one hundred miles distant from us,” Tench Tilghman writes William Duer on this date, “and his Excellency is just going to ride. I must therefore to horse” (Force, American Archives description begins Peter Force, ed. American Archives. 9 vols. Washington, D.C., 1837–53. description ends , 5th ser., 3:486).

Chaplain Benjamin Trumbull of Col. William Douglas’s regiment in Gen. James Wadsworth’s brigade says in his journal entry for this date that it was “a Still quiet Day, but cold” in the American camp. “Our Brigade have no Fatigue this Day but fix their Tents build Small Chimneys in them to warm them with a Little Fire, and recruit themselves after enduring almost a Weeks constant Fatigue by Night and Day” (“Trumbull Journal,” 206).

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