George Washington Papers

General Orders, 9 February 1778

General Orders

Head-Quarters V. Forge Monday Feby 9th 1778.

Parole: AlexandriaCountersigns: Adams. Allen.

On account of the inclemency of the weather the sentences of Courts-Martial which were to be put in execution this morning are postpon’d ’till tomorrow morning nine ôClock in manner as specified in yesterdays orders.1

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

Henry Melchior Muhlenberg wrote in his journal on this date that “The snow is deeper now than we have ever had in a whole winter, and along with it a raw north-west wind” (Tappert and Doberstein, Muhlenberg Journals description begins Theodore G. Tappert and John W. Doberstein, trans. and eds. The Journals of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg. 3 vols. Philadelphia, 1942–58. description ends , 3:130).

1Lt. Samuel Armstrong of the 8th Massachusetts Regiment recorded in his diary on 10 Feb. that “This morning there w[ere] Nine Tories brought to the Grand Parade at Guard-Mounting; 5 or 6 of which was Sentenced to receive 200 or 250 Stripes & there was only one punished & 100 Lashes taken off the rest that were Sentenced to be whip’d were reprieved” (Boyle, “Armstrong’s Diary,” description begins Joseph Lee Boyle, ed. “The Israel Angell Diary, 1 October 1777–28 February 1778.” Rhode Island History 58 (2000): 107–38. description ends 264).

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