George Washington Papers

General Orders, 23 September 1778

General Orders

Head Quarter’s Frederick’sburgh Wednesday Septr 23rd [1778]

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The honorable the Congress have passed the following Resolution of the 11th instant.

That all Officers of the Army not authorized by the resolutions of Congress or by the special Permission of the Commander in Chief to keep horses—be prohibited, tho’ at their own Expence from keeping any horse or horses within forty miles of the Main Body of the Army, and that General Washington be desired to appoint proper Officers to see this order carried into Execution and to bring to trial all Offenders against it.1

The Commander in Chief expects the most pointed Compliance with this resolve, the propriety and even Necessity of which are striking—He will in an especial manner look to the Officers commanding Brigades to see it punctually executed and to suffer no deviation on any Pretence whatever—A week from this date is allowed to send away the super-numerary horses after which the Commissary of Forage is enjoined to report to Head-Quarters every horse that falls within his notice that may be retained contrary to the Intention of this Prohibition.

The Regimental Pay-Masters who have not yet paid the detachments of Light-Infantry with Genl Scott are to repair immediately to the Flying-Camp near King’s-Street and pay off the men from their respective Regiments.2

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

The following additional general orders are included at the beginning of the general orders for this date in the orderly book of the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment: “The Great Complaint of the Inhabitants of the Soldiers Robbing them of their Poultry & Sheep at night, puts the General under the Necessity of forbidding any man Leaving Camp after Roll Call. The officers are Injoined to attend Strictly at Roll Call, & severely Punish every man who shall be absent. No soldier is at any time to Go Beyond the Piquets; those found Beyond that Distance, are also to be Punished. As soon as the Weather Clears up, the Tents & Baggage are to be Dried, & every thing Put in order for marching” (Pa. Archives description begins Samuel Hazard et al., eds. Pennsylvania Archives. 9 ser., 138 vols. Philadelphia and Harrisburg, 1852–1949. description ends , 2d ser., 11:354; see also orderly book, 22 July–25 Sept. 1778, in MHi: Lincoln Papers).

1See JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 12:903.

2This order was issued at Scott’s request, which he had made in his letter to GW of 20 September.

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