George Washington Papers

General Orders, 1 February 1777

General Orders

Head-Quarters, Morristown, February 1st 1777.

Parole: Countersign:

The General positively forbids all recruiting Officers whatever, giving a greater bounty for men, or making them any other promises, than what is particularly mentioned in the Resolve of Congress for that service;1 nor does he admit of officers inlisting men out of one State, to serve in another, unless they are of the Additional Battalions, the Congress’s own Regt,2 or the Train of Artillery, without special Orders issued for that purpose; great inconvenience and injustice arising therefrom, and necessary to be prevented.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For the enlistment bounties set by the Continental Congress in its resolution of 16 Sept. 1776, see JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 5:762–63.

2Congress’s Own Regiment was Col. Moses Hazen’s 2d Canadian Regiment, raised in early 1776 and supplied and maintained during the war by the Continental Congress.

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