George Washington Papers

General Orders, 5 March 1779

General Orders

Head-Quarters Middle-Brook friday March 5th 1779

Parole Cicily—C. Signs Russia Amsterdam—

The Court Martial of which Colonel Williams is President is adjourned to Elizabethtown to meet at Smith’s Tavern on monday next at ten oClock.1

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

Adj. Gen. Alexander Scammell’s orderly book entry for this date concludes with the following additional general orders: “The Regimental Paymasters are to apply for decembers Pay.

“Fatigue from the 2nd Maryland Brigade the same as yesterday.” (orderly book, 22 Dec. 1778–26 June 1779, DNA: RG 93, Orderly Books, 1775–1783, vol. 28).

1The following Monday was 8 March. Samuel Smith’s Red Lion Inn, located at the corner of present-day Broad Street and Rahway Avenue in Elizabeth, N.J., had been built about 1734. Known as the Marquis of Granby in 1764, this popular tavern was called the Sign of the King’s Arms beginning in 1771 and was renamed the Red Lion in 1776. GW may have stayed at this inn while in Elizabeth 3–4 Dec. 1778, and he breakfasted there on 23 April 1789 on his way to New York City for his first inauguration as president (see source note to Citizens of Elizabeth, N.J., to GW, 22 April 1789, in Papers, Presidential Series description begins W. W. Abbot et al., eds. The Papers of George Washington, Presidential Series. 17 vols. to date. Charlottesville, Va., 1987–. description ends , 2:113).

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