George Washington Papers

VI. General Orders (morning orders), 8 June 1780

General Orders

Morning Orders1 Thursday June 8th 1780

Major Generals Greene, La Fayette and Steuben’s divisions each give a battalion to form a detachment which is to be commanded by Brigadier General Hand.2

Greene’s gives 120 } Files3
La Fayette’s 80 
Steuben’s 100

The men’s ammunition to be carefully inspected immediately.

One or two officers from each division to be sent to Camp this day to bring on all stragglers small guards &ca to join their respective regiments.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1The morning orders provide no location, but GW addressed his letter to the Board of War, written at 5 A.M. on this date, from the heights above Springfield.

2For GW’s intentions for this force, see Document VII.

3As used in these orders, a file means two soldiers, consisting of the front and rear rank men. With a total of 300 files, the strength of Brig. Gen. Edward Hand’s detachment therefore was 600 men.

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