George Washington Papers

General Orders, 6 July 1778

General Orders

Head-Quarters Brunswick [N.J.] Monday July 6th 1778.

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The second Line is to march at three ôClock tomorrow morning under the Command of Major General De la Fayette.

The Director General of the Flying Hospital is desired to make as exact a return as he can of the sick and wounded from the time of the Army’s crossing the Delaware and deliver it in at Head-Quarters as speedily as possible.1

The General Court Martial of which Lord-Stirling is President is to adjourn to one ôClock tomorrow afternoon and meet at Morristown where the Evidences will attend.2

The sick of the Second Line are to be dispos’d of as mentioned in yesterday’s orders relative to the Right-Wing—A sufficient number of Officers to superintend them, also Orderlies and Camp Kettles are to be left with them.

The Army marching by Divisions.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1The director general of the flying hospital was John Cochran.

2GW altered this order in a letter of 7 July to Major General Stirling and the members of the court: “On further consideration of the adjournment of the Court Martial to Morris Town, It appears to me that the matter is liable to many great and almost insuperable objections. Should the Court remain there, it would be necessary for more Officers to be drawn distantly from the Army than could be prudently spared; and the frequent occasions there will be of calling on the same Witnesses on the several and often on the same points in question would cause such a detention of them as might be very injurious. From these considerations I am induced to change the place of the Court’s setting & to request that they will adjourn from Morris Town to pyramus Church which will be immediately in the route of the Army. The Court will be pleased to notifye General Lee of the removal and the Witnesses in such way as they shall deem most proper” (Df, DLC:GW). In consequence, when the court met at Morristown on 8 July, it adjourned to meet at Paramus, N.J., on 10 July ( Lee Papers description begins [Charles Lee]. The Lee Papers. 4 vols. New York, 1872-75. In Collections of the New-York Historical Society, vols. 4–7. description ends , 3:30).

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