George Washington Papers

General Orders, 3 August 1779

General Orders

Head-Quarters Moores-House [West Point]
Tuesday August 3rd 1779.

Parole Gustavus— C. Signs Calmer Lubeck.

The Honorable the Board of War having been pleased to appoint Ralph Pomeroy Esquire Commissioner to settle and pay all arrearages of clothing due to the troops of these States for the year 1777, the General directs that the account and rolls required by the resolve of Congress of the 2nd of March last1 and published in orders the 12th following be immediately made out and presented to the said Commissioner for settlement.2

A regimental Quarter Master from each of the brigades on this ground to attend at the Inspector General’s quarters tomorrow morning nine ôclock to consult with him on a proper method of keeping their books uniformly throughout the army: They will bring their books with them.

Lieutenant Colonels Brooks and Harmar will please to attend at the same time and place.3

Regulations for the Corps of Sappers & Miners continued.


When a company or part of a company of Sappers and Miners is detached with any body of troops without an Engineer, the officer commanding the company or part of the company shall take his orders directly from the commanding officer of the troops, and whensoever an Engineer having the charge of any works shall be absent, the officer of the Sappers and Miners commanding the detachments employed in constructing them, shall direct the works agreeable to the plans and instructions formed by such Engineer.


When the Companies of Sappers and Miners shall not be sufficient to perform the duties assigned them, the commanding Engineer shall apply to the commanding General to furnish him with such a number of fatigue men from the line, as the service shall require.


The officers of the line detached with the command of fatigue parties, for assisting in constructing the works shall not interfere in directing them, but shall be wholly confin’d to keeping their soldiers employed and maintaining a proper order and discipline.


The Sappers and Miners shall, in case of extraordinary fatigue and danger, have such gratuities over and above their pay as the commanding Engineer with the concurence of the commanding General of the Army shall think they deserve.


The officers of Sappers and Miners shall enjoy the same rights honors and privileges with the officers of the like ranks in the other corps of the army.


From the time the men are drafted & during their continuance in these companies they are to be left out of the Pay Rolls of their respective regiments.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1See JCC, description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends 13:266–68.

3Lt. Col. John Brooks was an army subinspector and deputy adjutant general of the West Point garrison, and Lt. Col. Josiah Harmar was subinspector for the Pennsylvania division (see the general orders of 28 March 1778 and of 12 June and 25 July 1779).

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