George Washington Papers

General Orders, 7 November 1778

General Orders

Head-Quarters Frederick’s burgh [N.Y.] Saturday Novr 7th 1778.

Parole CarthagenaC. Signs Cambray. Condè—

At a Brigade General Court Martial held at Camp near Hartford by order of Brigadier General Poor October 31st 1778. Coll Hazen President, Lieutenant David Gilman of the 2nd New-Hampshire Regiment was tried first for ungentlemanlike behaviour in associating with Private Soldiers and offering them a reward of twenty dollars and engaging to secure them from harm, in case any should arise in consequence thereof, if they should take up and bring to him a Horse.

2ndly for taking two Stray horses the Property of private Persons and converting them to his own use without making any Publication thereof, much to the Prejudice of the service and to the good People of The United-States, unanimously found guilty, sentenced to be cashiered and rendered incapable of ever serving the United States again as a Military Officer and forfeit all his Pay that is now due to him.

The Commander in Chief approves the sentence & orders it to take Place immediately.1

At a Brigade General Court Martial held in the Corps of Artillery by order of Brigadier General Knox—October 29th 1778—Lieutenant Coll Stevens President Captain Moody of Coll Lamb’s Regiment of Artillery was tried for disobedience of orders and contemptuous behaviour, found guilty of the Charges exhibited against him, and the Court are of opinion that Captain Moody should be reprimanded in Brigade orders.

The Commander in Chief confirms the opinion of the Court and orders the sentence to take place.

Captain Lilburn Williams of the second Maryland Regiment is appointed Pay-Master of the same.2

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1David Gilman of Raymond, N.H., had been commissioned a second lieutenant in the 2d New Hampshire Regiment in November 1776. He “absconded” shortly after this sentence was passed, without settling his account with the army (N.H. Provincial and State Papers description begins New Hampshire Provincial and State Papers. 40 vols. 1867–1943. Reprint. New York, 1973. description ends , 17:285).

2Lilburn Williams (1748–1794) was appointed an ensign in Capt. Thomas Woolford’s Independent Company from Dorchester County, Md., in March 1776. He became a 1st lieutenant in the 2d Maryland Regiment in December 1776 and was promoted to captain in April 1777. He served as paymaster of that regiment from the time of this appointment until his transfer to the 3d Maryland Regiment in January 1781. He was wounded at the Battle of Camden in May 1781 and retired in January 1783 because of ill health (see Williams to GW, 19 Dec. 1782, and GW to Williams, 3 Jan. 1783).

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