George Washington Papers

To George Washington from the Board of War, 3 September 1779

From the Board of War

War Office [Philadelphia] Septr 3d 1779


We send you a Copy of Baron Steuben’s Regulations which he requested we would get neatly bound & transmitt your Excellency The Impossibility of having it done sooner must excuse the Delay.1

The enclosed Drafts of a Standard for the Army are sent for your Approbation, Rejection or Alteration. The Officers will be by & by pressing for Colours & if Materials can be procured they shall be made when you send us your Ideas of the Plan of the Standard. The one with the Union & Emblems in the Middle is preferred by us as being variant from the Marine Flag.2 We have the Honour to be with the most perfect Respect & Regard Your obedient Servants

Richard Peters
By order


1For Major General Steuben’s new regulations, see his letters to GW of 5 and 17 March; see also GW to Steuben, 26 Feb. and 11 March, and GW to John Jay, 11 March. For GW’s orders to implement the regulations in the army, see General Orders, 12 April and 30 June.

2The enclosure has not been identified. GW sent the board his ideas for the standard in his reply of 14 September. For a discussion of the efforts of GW and the Board of War to supply the army with regimental standards and colors, based on the plan set out in Steuben’s regulations for the army, see the Board of War to GW, 10 May, n.2.

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