George Washington Papers

General Orders, 21 June 1779

General Orders

Head-Quarters Smith’s Tavern [N.Y.] Monday June 21st 1779

Parole Framingham—C. Signs Freehold. Fairfax.

As the Commander in Chief will be absent several days from this camp, General Putnam will take the command here ’till his return.1

Colonel Davies, as eldest Sub-Inspector will do the duty of Adjutant General during said time.

Six Drums and Fifes from the Virginia, four from the Maryland and six from the Pennsylvania lines to be sent to join the Light, Infantry immediately.

At the General Court Martial of the line whereof Lieutenant Colonel Ford is President, Smith’s-Clove June 19th.

Lieutenant Colonel Pope was tried for, “Defrauding the Public of the services of one Joseph Hibbard a private soldier in the Delaware regiment,2 by employing him in his domestic business in the spring and summer of the year 1778.”

The Court are of opinion the charge against Lieutt Colonel Pope is groundless and they do acquit him of it with honor. The Commander in Chief confirms the opinion of the Court and orders Lieutt Colonel Pope to be immediately released from Arrest.3

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1In a letter of this date, GW informed Maj. Gen. Israel Putnam of his new command responsibilities and that headquarters was shifting to New Windsor, New York. The general orders for 23 June are GW’s first from New Windsor after the change.

2Joseph Hebbard (Hibbard, Hebbert, Hubbard, Hobert; born c.1751 or 1752) was a shoemaker who lived in New Jersey when he enlisted on 1 April 1777 or 1778 in Capt. Peter Jaquett’s company of Col. David Hall’s Delaware Regiment (see Del. Archives, description begins Delaware Archives. 5 vols. 1911–19. Reprint. New York, 1974. description ends 3:1075).

3The general orders for 18 and 19 June arranged for the court-martial of Lt. Col. Charles Pope.

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