George Washington Papers

General Orders, 24 June 1779

General Orders

Head-Quarters New-Windsor Thursday June 24th 79.

Captain Henry Hardman of the 7th Maryland regiment, intitled to a Majority, is appointed Brigade Major to the 2nd Maryland Brigade, and is to be obeyed and respected accordingly.1

The officers commanding Brigades will cause immediate application to be made agreeable to the general order of the 19th of May last for all deficiencies of Arms in their respective brigades.2

Colonel Williams of the Maryland line is appointed Sub-Inspector and is to be according[ly] obeyed and respected.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Capt. Henry Hardman declined this assignment to brigade major (see GW to Johann Kalb, 8 July, and General Orders, 13 July).

Henry Hardman served in Col. Hugh Stephenson’s rifle regiment as a lieutenant in July 1776. He soon after resigned that commission to become captain of the 1st Maryland Regiment of the Flying Camp. Captured at Fort Washington, N.Y., on 16 Nov., he remained a prisoner until his exchange on 26 Aug. 1778. Hardman’s advancement to major of the 7th Maryland Regiment is given as both 22 May and 1 June 1779 (Md. Archives, description begins Archives of Maryland. 72 vols. Baltimore, 1883–1972. description ends 18:217, 363, 379, 479). He transferred to the 3d Maryland Regiment in January 1781 and retired from the army in April 1783.

2The general orders for 19 May covered the repair of arms; the redistribution of arms “belonging to the sick, absent, deserters and men who do no regimental duty”; and the manner of submitting returns to secure additional arms.

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