George Washington Papers

General Orders, 20 October 1779

General Orders

Head-Quarters Moores House [West Point]
Wednesday Octr 20th [1779]

Parole Mercer— C. Signs Nash. Boyd—

The Commander in Chief is pleased to accept the following report of a Court of enquiry whereof Brigr Genel Glover was President appointed to examine into sundry charges exhibited against Colonel Greaton by the non commissioned officers and soldiers of his regiment, who were unanimously of opinion that the charges exhibited against Colonel Greaton are groundless and malicious and not supported in any point, and that he has conducted the affairs of his regiment with honor and strict justice to his men.1

James King (alias James McMullen) of the 3rd Maryland regiment, was tried the 15th instant at the General Court-Martial whereof Colonel Starr is President for “Repeated desertions”—found guilty and sentenced to receive one hundred lashes well laid on his naked back, and that one hundred and twenty dollars be stoped out of his wages and refunded to the 9th Pennsylvania regiment being the bounty he received from the same at the time of his inlisting.2

The General confirms the sentence and orders it to be put into execution tomorrow so far as it regards the stripes, at the head of the regiment to which he belongs—and that the stopages be made agreeable to the sentence.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

GW’s expenses for this date included £7.4 “To Cash pd Saml Loudon for 1lb green tea when at White Plains as pr receipt” (Revolutionary War Household Expenses, 1776–1780, DLC:GW, Ser. 5).

A receipt of this date, signed by Samuel Loudon, reads: “Received the 20th October 1779 by the hands of Mr James Martin, eighteen Dollars for a pound of green Tea he had of me last year for the Use of His Excellency Genl Washington’s Family” (Revolutionary War Accounts, Vouchers, and Receipted Accounts 1, 1776–1780, DLC:GW, Ser. 5).

1For the charges of fraud against Col. John Greaton and the appointment of the court of inquiry (see GW to Robert Howe, 20 Sept. [first letter], and GW to Howe, 25 Sept.).

2James King may have enlisted in March 1776 in Lt. Col. Moses Rawlings’s Maryland Rifle Regiment, and he also may have been the private “Jas. McMullen” who was “struck off” the rolls of the 3d Maryland Regiment in April 1778. He also was likely the “James McMullin” who enlisted in the 7th Maryland Regiment in January 1777 and deserted in April 1779 (Md. Archives, description begins Archives of Maryland. 72 vols. Baltimore, 1883–1972. description ends 18:131, 141, 231).

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