George Washington Papers

General Orders, 7 January 1778

General Orders

Head Quarters V. Forge January 7th 1778.

Parole: WarsawCountersigns: Berlin Dresden.

The Quarter Master General is to apply to the Adjt General for a fatigue party & cause all dead horses in and about the camp, and all offal to be buried, after which each division Quarter-Master is to see this regularly performed once a week in & near their own divisions—The Officers commanding Divisions are required to know that this order is executed.

The Depy Clothier Genl desires those brigade Quarter Masters and officers who drew the cloathing lately at White-Marsh, for the brigades & have not yet given in the Regimental Receipts for their proportion to produce them immediately to him—He also requests all persons having private accounts with him to call & settle the same.1

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

Brig. Gen. Edward Hand’s orderly book for this date includes the additional order that “Four days fresh provisions are to be issued to the troops forthwith.” It also includes orders for a fatigue party of fifty-four men from Woodford’s, Maxwell’s, and Conway’s brigades “to Parade Tomorrow Morning at sun rise on the Brigade Parade of Genl Maxwells Brigade and thence march to fat Land ford, where they will receive Genl Sullivans Orders” (DNA: RG, 93, Orderly Books, 1775–1783, vol. 20).

1Clothier General James Mease’s deputy in Pennsylvania at this time was his business partner Samuel Caldwell.

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