George Washington Papers

General Orders, 29 January 1777

General Orders

Head Quarters, Morristown, Jany 29th 1777.

Parole: Inverness.Countersign: Kendal.

Capt: Josiah Harmar’s Company of Foot, in the 2nd Pennsylvania Battalion, to join Major Proctor’s Regt of Artillery, and be by him returned.1

The Quarter Master General is directed to engage Waggoners, from among the Inhabitants, and not to employ Soldiers in that service longer than such persons can be got.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Josiah Harmar (1753–1813) of Philadelphia was commissioned a captain in the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment in October 1775. When the 2d Pennsylvania Regiment was authorized in December 1776, Harmar was made its major, and in June 1777 he became lieutenant colonel of the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment. Harmar left the Continental service in 1783 but was appointed lieutenant colonel commandant of the U.S. Army in 1784. Brevetted brigadier general in 1787, Harmar retired from the service in 1792, and for much of the remainder of the 1790s he served as Pennsylvania’s adjutant general.

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