George Washington Papers

General Orders, 3 April 1777

General Orders

Head-Quarters, Morris-town April 3rd 1777.

Parole: New-Castle.Countersign: Dover.

It having been observed that the Waggoners, and those who have the care of the public Horses, use them very cruelly, by riding them extreemly hard upon all occasions, it is therefore recommended to the Quarter Masters, and Waggon-Masters, to give strict orders against such practices in future, which, if continued after such notice is given, the offenders shall be liable to immediate punishment, by order of any commissioned Officer who happens to see them.

The Execution of Serjt Porterfield is suspended (by Order of His Excellency General Washington) ’till Friday the 11th Inst.1

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For the court-martial of John Porterfield, see General Orders, 21 Feb. 1777. For previous postponements of his execution, see General Orders, 21, 27 Feb., 14, 21, 28 March.

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