George Washington Papers

General Orders, 31 October 1778

General Orders

Head-Quarters Frederick’sburgh Saturday Octr 31st 78.

Parole India—C. Signs Italy. Ipswich.

At a General Court-Martial held at Fort-Clinton October 23rd 1778—Coll Poor President[,] Nathan Nuthall Quarter Master to the 3rd No. Carolina Regiment was tried for behaving in an infamous manner unbecoming an Officer and a Gentleman also for embezzling the Public Stores & applying them to his own use, found guilty and unanimously sentenced (agreeable to the 1st Article of 12th section of the Articles of War) to forfeit all his Pay and be dismissed the service.1

The Commander in Chief approves the sentence and orders it to take place immediately.

The North-Carolina Brigade to hold themselves in readiness to march at an hours warning.2

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1This article specifies this punishment for any “commissioned officer, storekeeper, or commissary, [who] shall be convicted at a general court-martial of having sold (without a proper order for that purpose) embezzled, misapplied, or wilfully, or through neglect, suffered any of the provisions, forage, arms, clothing, ammunition, or other military stores belonging to the United States, to be spoiled or damaged” (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 , 5:796). Nathaniel Nuthall had been appointed an ensign in the 9th North Carolina Regiment in May 1777, and he had transferred to the 3d North Carolina Regiment on 1 June 1778.

2The North Carolina brigade marched on 13 Nov. (see General Orders, 12 Nov.).

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