George Washington Papers

General Orders, 10 December 1777

General Orders

Head-Quarters, White Marsh [Pa.] Decr 10th 1777.

Parole Worcester.C. Signs Rutland. Salisbury.

The army to march at four o’clock in the morning from the right1—A Subaltern from each regiment and a Captain from each brigade, under the command of a Field Officer from the line, are to assemble at General Knox’s quarters in the morning and remain ’till the Army moves off the ground, and then see that all stragglers in the camp, and its environs, are collected and marched after it—They are also to see that no baggage, entrenching tools or other articles are left, or that they are, secured under proper guards taken from the pennsylvania Militia, by application to the commanding officer thereof.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Lt. Samuel Armstrong of the Massachusetts line noted in his journal entry for 11 Dec. that “This Morning the Whole Army was Paraded by four O’Ck. in order for a March, but did not start ’till Sun-rise, for the School Kiln River near Philadelphia” (Boyle, “Armstrong’s Diary,” description begins Joseph Lee Boyle. “From Saratoga to Valley Forge: The Diary of Lt. Samuel Armstrong.” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 121 (1997): 237–70. description ends 256).

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