George Washington Papers

General Orders, 10 January 1778

General Orders

Head-Quarters V. Forge Jany 10th 1778.

Parole: BostonCountersign: Cambridge—Medford.

The issuing Commissary is hereby authorized to furnish the Generals and other Officers of the Army with small proportionable Quantities of spirit upon their orders whenever it can be spared; of which he is to keep a regular Account and settle with them for it at a reasonable price.

All the tin Cannisters that have been issued to the Troops are to be return’d forthwith to the Commissary of military stores who is to enter the number received of each Corps or Brigade.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

Brig. Gen. Edward Hand’s orderly book for this date includes the following after orders: “A detachment of 300 men are to parade to-morrow morning at 9 o’clock, on the grand parade, to relieve Colo. Morgan’s corps, and prepared for a week’s command. Colo. Stevens & Major Ledyard are appointed field officers for the detachment. Another detachment of one hundred & fifty men are to parade at the same time & place, to take post at the Gulph Mill for one week. Lt Colo. Rhea will take the Command of this detachment. . . .A very careful serjeant, corporal and nine men of Genl Glover’s brigade are to parade to morrow morning at nine o’clock, at the park of artillery, prepared for a week’s command. The serjt is to apply to Mr French Comy of Military Stores, & take his directions” (DNA: RG 93, Orderly Books, 1775–1783, vol. 20).

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