George Washington Papers

General Orders, 16 December 1777

General Orders

Head-Quarters, at the Gulph [Pa.] Decemr 16th 1777

Parole.C. Signs

The tents are to be carried to the encampment of the troops, and pitched immediately.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

Muhlenberg’s orderly book contains different orders for this day’s general orders: “In aid of the supplys of cloathing imported by Congress they earnestly Recommended to the Sevel States to Exert their utmost Endeavour to procure all kinds of cloathing for the comfortable subsistance of the Officers & Soldiers of their Respective Battalions & to appoint one or more persons to Dispose of Articles to the Officers & soldiers at such reasonable prices as shall be assessed by the Cloathier Genl or his Deputy & be in just proportion to the Wages of the Officers & Soldiers Charging the surplus of the Costs to the United States, Congress have also resolved that all the cloathing hereafter to be supplied to the officers & soldiers of the Continental Army out of the Public Stores of the United States beyond the bounty already Granted shall be Charged at the like Prices the surplus to be defrayed by the United States” (“Muhlenberg’s Orderly Book,” description begins “Orderly Book of Gen. John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, March 26–December 20, 1777.” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 33 (1909): 257–78, 454–74; 34 (1910): 21–40, 166–89, 336–60, 438–77; 35 (1911): 59–89, 156–87, 290–303. description ends 35:299; see also Weedon’s Orderly Book description begins Valley Forge Orderly Book of General George Weedon of the Continental Army under Command of Genl George Washington, in the Campaign of 1777–8: Describing the Events of the Battles of Brandywine, Warren Tavern, Germantown, and Whitemarsh, and of the Camps at Neshaminy, Wilmington, Pennypacker’s Mills, Skippack, Whitemarsh, & Valley Forge. New York, 1902. description ends , 157).

Index Entries