George Washington Papers

General Orders, 9 May 1779

General Orders

Head-Quarters Middle-Brook Sunday May 9th 1779.

Parole Cockermouth—C. Signs Corinth Cuba.

The Commander in Chief requires that the most pointed observance be had to all former orders prohibiting the use of the Waggon horses of the Army1 & forbids in the most positive terms their being rode on any pretence: When horses are wanted by officers for extra services, the Quarter Master General will furnish them on application.

The soldiers are not to be suffered to cut down any more trees for firing until they have used the whole of those already felled and all the brush in the neighborhood of camp.

Justice to the Inhabitants and a regard to public œconomy demand the strictest attention to this order.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

Adj. Gen. Alexander Scammell’s orderly book entry for this date includes the following additional general orders: “The Baron Steuben’s guard to be relieved tomorrow from the Virginia Line” (orderly book, 22 Dec. 1778–26 June 1779, DNA: RG 93, Orderly Books, 1775–1783, vol. 28).

1This restriction had been announced in general orders on 27 Aug. 1778; see also a Board of General Officers to GW, 26 Aug. 1778.

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