George Washington Papers

General Orders, 16 February 1779

General Orders

Head-Quarters Middle-Brook Tuesday February 16th 1779.

Parole Tobago—C. Signs Toledo. Truro.

At a General Court-Martial held at Middle-Brook Jany 10th 1779. Lieutenant Holman Mennis of the 1st Virginia regiment was tried for “misconduct in swaping an impressed horse in the year 1777.”

The Court are of opinion that he is not guilty of swaping an impressed horse as is alledged to him in the charge, but think him guilty of swaping a stray; That as he was charged with mis-conduct in swaping an impressed horse which it appears he is not guilty of, don’t conceive they have a right to censure him for his mis-conduct in swaping a Stray.

Lieutenant Mennis is released from his Arrest.1

All the men belonging to Lieutenant Colonel Rawlings’s Regimt now doing duty in the line are to be delivered up to Lieutenant Tanneyhill of said regiment upon his demanding them.2

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Holman Mennis (Minnis) had been commissioned a second lieutenant in the 1st Virginia Regiment in February 1776 and was promoted to first lieutenant in January 1777. Promoted to captain in May 1779, Mennis was captured with the rest of the Virginia line at Charlestown, S.C., on 12 May 1780. He was exchanged in November 1782 and apparently served as a captain in the 7th Virginia Regiment until the end of the war.

2Adamson Tannehill (1750–1820) of Frederick County, Md., had been appointed a second lieutenant in Col. Hugh Stephenson’s Virginia and Maryland rifle regiment in July 1776 and became a first lieutenant in Lt. Col. Moses Rawlings’s independent rifle regiment in January 1777. He was promoted to captain on 20 July 1779 with a commission backdated to 1 April 1778. Retiring from the army on 1 Jan. 1781, Tannehill subsequently moved to the Pittsburgh area, where he engaged in farming. In 1812 Tannehill served as a brigadier general of Pennsylvania volunteers, and he was a Pennsylvania member of the U.S. Congress from 1813 to 1815.

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