George Washington Papers

General Orders, 20 May 1778

General Orders

Head-Quarters V. Forge Wednesday May 20th 1778.

Parole Warcham—C. Signs Warwick Wyoming—

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

Sgt. Ebenezer Wild of the 1st Massachusetts Regiment wrote in his journal on this date that “About 11 o’clk we were alarmed. The enemy came out as far as Swead’s ford. We turned out and had forty rounds delivered to each man; then grounded our arms, and were to turn out again at the firing of cannon from the park. We not being alarmed any more, our arms remained grounded on the parade all day. At sun down we took up our arms, and were dismissed and returned to our quarters as usual” (“Wild Journal,” description begins “The Journal of Ebenezer Wild (1776–1781), who served as Corporal, Sergeant, Ensign, and Lieutenant in the American Army of the Revolution.” Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society 6 (1890–91): 78–160. description ends 107; for the Barren Hill engagement, see GW to Lafayette, 18 May).

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