George Washington Papers

General Orders, 30 August 1777

General Orders

Head Quarters, Wilmington [Del.] August 30th 1777.

Parole: Northampton.Countersigns: Newbern. Norfolk.

Information being given by the Commissary General, that it is at present impracticable to supply the army daily with hard bread; the troops are to receive soft bread or flour, as the Commissaries shall be able to supply them. The Commissaries are nevertheless to exert themselves to the utmost, constantly to supply the troops with bread, either hard or soft, and without fail to have a large quantity of hard bread made ready, to be issued, whenever the army marches.

Brigadier Genl Maxwell will take the Command of the corps of light Infantry.

Brigadier Genl Conway, as eldest officer, will take the command of Lord Stirling’s division, ’till the state of his Lordship’s health shall permit his joining it.

John Kennon was on the 1st of May 1777 appointed Pay Master to the 6th Virginia regiment. The Commander in Chief approves of the appointment.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

GW’s aide-de-camp John Fitzgerald paid 15 shillings on this date “near Elk for the Light Horse” and 9 shillings “at Ogles Tavern for Grog” (vouchers and receipted accounts, 1776–80, DLC:GW, ser. 5, vol. 29).

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