George Washington Papers

General Orders, 27 September 1779

General Orders

Head-Quarters Moore’s House [West Point]
Monday September 27th 1779.

Parole Bermuda— C. Signs Candia. Danbury.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

GW’s expenses for this date included £2.8 “To a persons expencess in the Country after necessaries for the family from the 25th Inst.” (Revolutionary War Household Expenses, 1776–1780, DLC:GW, Ser. 5).

On this date, GW’s aide-de-camp Tench Tilghman wrote to Maj. Gen. William Heath from headquarters: “His Excellency desires that Flags may be granted to the persons included in Governor Clintons permit, and he wishes that intelligent Officers may be sent with the flags who may make such observations as they can consistent with propriety” (MHi: Heath Papers). On 15 Sept., New York governor George Clinton issued a permit for the seventeen women named in the document and their children “with their Bedding & wearing apparel” and necessary provisions to cross the Army’s lines into New York provided that “previous leave is obtained from the officer in the Continental army command’d at the Line” (Hastings and Holden, Clinton Papers, description begins Hugh Hastings and J. A. Holden, eds. Public Papers of George Clinton, First Governor of New York, 1777–1795, 1801–1804. 10 vols. 1899–1914. Reprint. New York, 1973. description ends 5:275).

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