George Washington Papers

General Orders, 21 August 1780

General Orders

Head Quarters Orange Town Monday August 21st 1780

Parole Norway Countersigns Nantz. Orr.
Watchword Be Firm

[Officers] For the day Tomorrow[:] Brigadier General Patterson[,] Lieutenant Colonels Littlefield[,] Olney[,] Brigade Major Oliver. For Guard[:] Major Leavensworth

The regimental Paymasters will bring their Payrolls and Abstracts made up to the 1st Instant to the Deputy Paymaster General for Examination They will also call on him for the amount of the Pay and subsistence for the respective regiments for January February and March to be received on account agreeable to a Resolution of Congress of the 10th of April last published in Orders the 30th of the same Month.

An orderly Serjeant from each Brigade in the Left Wing to attend the General Court martial tomorrow.

The first Pennsylvania and first Massachusetts brigade each gives a Serjeant for the orderly office tomorrow.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

On this date, GW issued warrants to the paymasters of two regiments for “pay & Subsistence for January—Feby & March” (Revolutionary War Warrant Book 5, 1780–1783, DLC:GW, ser. 5).

On this date, GW’s aide-de-camp Richard Kidder Meade wrote from headquarters to Ephraim Blaine, commissary general of purchases: “The report of the Issuing Commissary this evening with request [respect] to flour is favorable enough—But with respect to Meat very alarming—many of the Troops without to day—His Excellency in consequence of it, has directed me to desire you will be pleased by the return of the bearer to say what your expectations with respect to that article” (DLC:GW).

Blaine replied to Meade at 10:00 P.M. on this date: “the report of the Commissaries is two true, there has been little meat for this day—about sixty barrels of salt Provisins expected from Kings Ferry, I have been looking this two days for a drove of cattle from Mr [Azariah] Dunham, two from Massachusetts, the present prospects for meat is not favourable, as few of the State agents are punctual, have not had a Bullock from the State of Jersey since the first of Apl except seven exclusive the drove sent up by Major Lees Officers from Monmouth, few of which were fitt for use, I shall waite on his Excellency two Morrow” (DLC:GW).

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