George Washington Papers

General Orders, 16 May 1779

General Orders

Head-Quarters Middle-Brook Sunday May 16th 1779.

Parole South-Carolina—C. Signs Howe. Rutledge.

The Bonamtown Picket to be relieved tomorrow from the Pennsylvania line—The Morristown with an addition of a serjeant, Corporal and twelve men from the Maryland line, furnished with Ammunition and Provision as usual.

A General Court-Martial of the line to sit tomorrow half past 9 ôclock A.M. to try all such Persons as shall come before them—Colonel Greene President.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

Adj. Gen. Alexander Scammell’s orderly book entry for this date includes the following additional general orders: “A Sub—Serjeant Corporal Drum and Fife and 20 privates from the Virginia line to mount at General Howe’s quarters immediately.” It also continues the final paragraph of the general orders as follows: “Lieutt Coll Woolford, Major Posey, a Captain and Subaltern from each of the Virga and Pennsylvania Brigades and a Subaltern from each of the Maryland Brigades to attend as Members at the usual Place” (orderly book, 22 Dec. 1778–26 June 1779, DNA: RG 93, Orderly Books, 1775–1783, vol. 28).

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