George Washington Papers

General Orders, 9 February 1777

General Orders

Head-Quarters, Morristown, Feby 9th 1777.

Parole: Burlington.Countersign: Bedford.

The General Court Martial held at Chatham, the 8th Inst: whereof Brigadier General St Clair was President, for the trial of Col. Mordecai Buckner, accused of “Shamefully Misbehaving before the Enemy, in thc Action of the 23rd of Jany last,” And of “Quitting his post and party in time of engagement”—have after mature consideration, sentenced the said Col. Mordecai Buckner, to be cashiered, and declared incapable of any military office, in the service of the United States.1

The General & Commander in Chief, approves the sentence, and orders the said Col. Mordecai Buckner, forthwith to depart the American Army.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For the background to Buckner’s court-martial, see GW to Hancock, 26 Jan. and 5 Feb., Buckner to GW, 28 Jan., and GW to Buckner, 28 Jan. 1777.

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