George Washington Papers

General Orders, 13 January 1777

General Orders

Head Quarters, Morristown, Jany 13th 1777.

Parole: Newtown.Countersign: Trenton.

Till an Adjutant General is appointed, the duty of that office will be discharged by Col. Weedon, who is obliging enough to undertake it, Pro-Tempore. He is to be regarded and obeyed as such.1

All the men who came up with Genl Stephens, belonging to the different Corps, either at this place, or Chatham, are immediately to join their respective regiments.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Although there was subsequently some confusion about the date when Adj. Gen. Joseph Reed left office, GW considered Reed’s official resignation to have been effective by this date (see GW to Reed, 23 Feb. 1777). Col. George Weedon served as adjutant general pro tempore until 1 Mar. 1777, when Maj. Isaac Budd Dunn was appointed in his stead (see General Orders, that date), and Dunn himself was replaced five weeks later by Lt. Col. Morgan Connor (see General Orders, 9 April 1777), who served until GW appointed Timothy Pickering to the office of adjutant general on 18 June 1777 (see General Orders, that date).

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