George Washington Papers

General Orders, 28 October 1777

General Orders

Head-Quarters, Whitpain Township [Pa.] Octr 28th 1777.

Parole Middleton.C. Signs Newbury. Oxford.

The Honorable Congress have been pleased to promote Brigadiers General Robert Howe, and Alexander McDougall, to the rank of Majors General in the service of The United States.1

The ranks of the Captains and Subalterns in Colonel Malcom’s regiment are to be established, as settled the 19th instant by Cols. Ogden & Spencer, and Lieut. Col. Brearly.

Capt. McGowen is appointed to do the duty of Brigade Major, in the brigade late De-Haas’s, and is to be respected as such.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1See Congress’s resolution of 20 Oct. in 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 , 9:823.

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