George Washington Papers

General Orders, 27 August 1779

General Orders

Head-Quarters Moore’s House [West Point]
Friday August 27th 1779

Parole Transylvania C. Signs Vienna Wells—

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

Replying to a letter from Lt. Col. Isaac Sherman, which has not been found, GW wrote to Sherman on this date from West Point: “I have received Your Letter of this date and am exceedingly sorry to hear, that the condition of your health unfits you for the fatigues and hardships of your present command. As this is the case, I can not refuse your request to come back to the line of the Army—and have only to regret that such a circumstance should exist as to make the return of a good & brave Officer necessary” (Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW). Sherman commanded a battalion in Brig. Gen. Anthony Wayne’s Light Infantry Corps.

On this date, GW’s secretary Robert Hanson Harrison communicated GW’s decision to Brig. Gen. Anthony Wayne in a letter, reading in part: “I am desired by His Excellency to acquaint you that he has granted permission to Lt Colo. Sherman to return to the line of the Army—as the condition of his health unfits him for the fatigues and hardships of his present command” (PHi: Wayne Papers).

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