George Washington Papers

General Orders, 10 June 1778

General Orders

Head-Quarters Valley-Forge June 10th 1778.

Parole Valor.C. Signs Vigilance Victory—

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

Lt. Col. Henry Dearborn of the 3d New Hampshire Regiment wrote in his diary on this date that “the whole army moov’d out of Huts into tents to Day, about one Mile in front of our old incampment, for the sake of fresh Air” (Dearborn, Journals description begins Lloyd A. Brown and Howard H. Peckham, eds. Revolutionary War Journals of Henry Dearborn, 1775–1783. 1939. Reprint. New York, 1971. description ends , 123; see also GW to Nathanael Greene, 8 June).

Capt. Allen McLane wrote GW’s aide James McHenry from Germantown in the evening on this date: “This morning by Sunrise the Enemy advanced theyr light horse, and infentory on a line With Allens House[.] I fell in With a party of horse and foot Near frankford Wass fiered on by the foot Closely persued by two Dragoons and Reduced to the Nesesiaty of Killing one and bracking the head of the other With my pistol before I Could Cleair my Self after this Chase Joyned my party meoved a Cross to Chesnut Hill found them meoving Down followed in theyr Rear took one prisoner ⟨Rind⟩ one Deserter the people of Garmintown Ware honoured With a Sight of the Commissoners Thraj [the three British peace commissioners] Returned before the army the trupes formd And Whent threw the Cerimoni of Saluting them The inhabitents alledg. this menuver Wass to amuse them Wile the Stragelors plundered theyr Houses Which Wass Compleatley affectid intelijance of this day is that last Night the 48 Rigt Crossed in the Jerseyes the aunspickers [Anspachers] are Certainly all Gone” (DLC:GW).

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