George Washington Papers

General Orders, 13 April 1777

General Orders

Head Quarters, Morristown, April 13th 1777.

Parole: BoundbrookCountersign: Green.

William Wilcocks Esqr. is appointed Aide-De-Camp to Major Genl Lord Stirling, and to be obeyed as such.1

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Stirling wrote Alexander Hamilton on 12 April: “I wrote to his Excellency [GW] on Thursday last [10 April] about the Appointment of Wilcocks, If he is approved of I wish you would get both McWilliams & him in Orders, & that you would be so good as to write him to Come to me” (DLC: Hamilton Papers). Stirling’s letter to GW of 10 April has not been found. Unknown to Stirling, Maj. William McWilliams had been appointed one of his aides-de-camp in the general orders of 19 Mar. 1777. William Willcocks (Wilcocks, Wilcox, Willcox; 1750–1826), a New York City attorney who had been commissioned a third lieutenant in Col. John Lasher’s independent militia regiment in January 1776 and a captain in Lasher’s regiment of New York militia levies in July 1776, served as an aide-de-camp to Stirling with the rank of major until he resigned from the army on 20 Oct. 1777 (see General Orders, 20 Nov. 1777). Willcocks acted as a judge advocate for the New Jersey militia during 1781 (see Proclamation, 13 Feb. 1781, Prince, Livingston Papers description begins Carl E. Prince et al., eds. The Papers of William Livingston. 5 vols. Trenton and New Brunswick, N.J., 1979–88. description ends , 4:144–45, and Courts-Martial Order, 24 Sept. 1781, ibid., 302). He returned to New York City after the end of the war.

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