George Washington Papers

General Orders, 30 July 1780

General Orders

Head Quarters Kakeate [N.Y.] Sunday July 30th 1780

Parole Rhode Island Countersigns X, M.
Watchword Hopewell

[Officers] Of the Day Tomorrow[:] Major Church[,] Brigade Major 1 Pennsa Brigade

A Sub. Serjeant Corporal and twenty four privates from the Pennsylvania division to relieve the Provost Guard at the old meeting house at two ô clock this afternoon: to furnish a serjeant corporal and twelve for the Quarter Master General and a Corporal and three for the Commissary General of Forage.

A Corporal and Six men from General Hand’s Brigade to mount at the Adjutant General’s immediately.

Each Division to furnish Guards for its own security.

After Orders

The General to beat at one—the Assemblé at half past one—The Troops will march and Park1 move at two o clock by the Left—The Baggage to follow in the rear of the whole—Each Division will furnish its own Advanced Rear and Baggage Guards.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

On this date, Charles Tatham signed a receipt for $300 from GW “for the purpose of defraying my expences as an express to Philadelphia” (Revolutionary War Receipts, 1775–1783, DLC:GW, ser. 5).

On this date, GW issued a warrant for $300,000 to Q.M. Gen. Nathanael Greene “on acct of his department” (Revolutionary War Warrant Book 5, 1780–1783, DLC:GW, ser. 5; recorded in 13 Aug. entry).

On this date, GW’s aide-de-camp Tench Tilghman wrote Charles Stewart, commissary general of issues, from Paramus, N.J.: “As the Waggons of the Army cannot be spared—Capt. Craig is sent back with the Horse to impress as many as will be necessary, of which you are to inform him. You may count upon having twenty Ox teams sent to you. they are now upon the way from Kings ferry—The Army will march this day to Kakeate, circumstances will determine whether they make a halt there, move on to Kings ferry, or turn down to Dobbs. If they turn down to Dobbs’s a person shall be sent to meet the Waggons at Paramus and give them the Route. If they meet no person they may continue on thro’ Kakeate to the Army or Kings ferry” (MH: Stewart Papers). Tilghman addressed the letter to Stewart at the two bridges that crossed the Pompton and Passaic rivers near Preakness.

Also on this date, Tilghman wrote to Brig. Gen. Henry Knox from Beverly Robinson’s house near West Point, N.Y.: “His Excellency wishes to see you as early as possible tomorrow Morning at Verplanks point” (DNA: RG 93, manuscript file no. 29210; GW signed the cover; Tilghman addressed the letter to Knox “at the park of Artillery Kakeate”; written above “Kakeate” in a different hand are the words “three miles on this side”).

1The orders refer to the park of artillery.

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