George Washington Papers

General Orders, 23 January 1777

General Orders

Head-Quarters, Morristown, Jany 23rd 1777.

Parole: Colchester.Countersign: Dumfries.

Major Proctor is directed to inspect and arrange the Artillery, in such manner as he shall think best, for the defence of this place, taking care to have such repairs immediately made, as may be wanting, with horses allotted to each piece, and all necessary harness ready.1

The Brigadiers, and Colonels commanding Brigades, to make Returns of their men, to morrow morning.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1On 6 Feb. the Pennsylvania council of safety resolved to raise an artillery regiment for the defense of Philadelphia and appointed Thomas Proctor its colonel, and on 18 Feb. the council ordered Proctor to apply to GW for leave to return to Philadelphia to form the corps (see the council’s resolution, 6 Feb., and its letters to Proctor of 6 and 18 Feb., in PHarH: Pennsylvania’s Revolutionary Governments, 1775–90).

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