George Washington Papers

General Orders, 11 June 1779

General Orders

Head-Quarters Smith’s Tavern [N.Y.] Friday June 11th 1779.

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The Quarter Master General will order four good guides to each division, who are to remain at or near the quarters of the Major Generals or officers commanding divisions, that they may be ready for any sudden call: These men must have a competent knowledge of all the roads, paths and cloves laying between this encampment and the river, about the Forest of Deane and towards Haverstraw &c.

The detachment under the command of Colonel Williams is to have three days provision sent them tomorrow.1

A critical inspection to be made immediately into the state of the mens arms and ammunition on this ground—Colonel Davies will inspect the Virginia division—Lieutenant Colonel Fleury the Maryland division and as there is no Sub-Inspector appointed to the Pennsylvania division, the Inspector General is requested to examine them himself2—In this inspection inquiry is to be made into the supplies of arms and ammunition received since the last, the deficiencies that have happened, and the causes of them.

After orders.

The regimental Clothiers will apply tomorrow morning at the barn near General Putnam’s quarters for their deficiencies of shoes agreeable to their last returns.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

GW wrote a pass on this date: “Permit Mrs Hay & Phineas Herd to pass all Continental and other Guards on her way to Kakeat. . . . N.B. The Horsemen who Escorts Mrs Hay is to return unmolested” (ADS [facsimile], in Robert F. Batchelder catalog 85, item 104, [July 1992]). The woman named in this pass may have been Martha Hay (1744–1821), wife of the Orange County, N.Y., militia colonel Ann Hawkes Hay.

1For this detachment and its need for provisions, see GW to Otho Holland Williams, 9 June and this date (second letter), and Williams to GW, this date (see also General Orders, 13 June).

2GW appointed Lt. Col. Josiah Harmar as sub-inspector for the Pennsylvania division in the general orders for 12 June, apparently relieving Major General Steuben, who served as inspector general, of this duty.

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