George Washington Papers

General Orders, 18 June 1779

General Orders

Head-Quarters Smith’s Tavern [N.Y.] Friday June 18th 1779

Parole Persia—C. Signs Pegu. Pitts-Town.

The Light Infantry to parade tomorrow morning 7 ô clock near the Maryland camp with four days provision their packs and blankets.

A General Court-Martial of the line to assemble tomorrow morning nine ôClock at Lieutenant Colonel Ford’s Markee for the trial of Lieutenant Colonel Pope1 and such others as may be brought before them—Colonel Morgan is appointed President.2

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

Adj. Gen. Alexander Scammell’s orderly book entry for this date includes the following additional general orders, beginning with others assigned to the court-martial: “Lieutt Coll Ford, Major Talbot, four Captains from the Maryland, four from the Pennsylvania & two from the Virginia Line to attend as Members—The Forage Master Genl’s Fatigue from the Pennsylvania line for tomorrow & next day” (orderly book, 22 Dec. 1778–26 June 1779, DNA: RG 93, Orderly Books, 1775–1783, vol. 28).

1For the acquittal of Lt. Col. Charles Pope, who was charged with improperly employing a private soldier, see General Orders, 21 June.

2Col. Daniel Morgan was unable to attend this court-martial, and Lt. Col. Benjamin Ford replaced him as president (see General Orders, 19 June).

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