George Washington Papers

General Orders, 10 September 1780

General Orders

Head Quarters Steenrapia Sunday Septr 10th 1780

Parole Greenwich Countersigns Kent: Cork.
Watchword: Liberty

[Officers] For the Day Tomorrow[:] Brigadier General Clinton[,] Colonel Tupper[,] Lieutenant Colonel Sill[,] Major Grier[,] Brigade Major Darby

At the General Court martial whereof Colonel Greaton is president the 2nd instant—Reuben George an express rider was tried for “Delaying three hundred thousand dollars, on the road, which he had in Charge to deliver to Moore Furman Esquire Deputy Quartermaster General for express purpose of forwarding provision to the Army, which delay, if not early discovered, would have been attended with the most fatal consequences to the Army; and secondly for expending part of the money and making preparations to desert to Virginia with the residue.”

At the same Court Joseph smallwood a waggoner in the Continental service was tried for Insulting and Knocking Lieutenant Barrett off his horse on the public road on the 23d of August last.1

The Court are of opinion that Reuben George delayed three hundred thousand dollars on the road which he had in charge to deliver to Moore Furman Esqr. Deputy quarter master general, but it does not appear to them that the prisoner knew the purpose the money was sent for, or the Consequences that would have attended the delay of it—They are further of opinion that he expended part of the Money but it does not appear that he made preparations to desert to Virginia with the residue They do sentence the Prisoner to repay the Money to the Quarter Master general he has expended—to receive one hundred lashes on his bare back and to be dismissed from his employment.2

They are also of opinion that the Prisoner smallwood is Guilty of the Charge exhibited against him and do Sentence him to receive one hundred lashes on his bare back.

The General approves the sentences and orders them to be carried into Execution tomorrow morning on the Grand Parade at Guard mounting. And orders Reuben George to be recommitted to the Provost where he is to remain ’till released by General Greene’s order.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1James Barrett joined the 4th New York Regiment as an ensign in November 1776. He rose to lieutenant in January 1778 and left the army in January 1781.

2Reuben George (1749–1832) entered the 10th Virginia Regiment in November 1776 as a sergeant but was reduced to private in 1778. He swore an affidavit at Pendleton County, Va. (now W.Va.), on 1 Aug. 1820 that he “Served Six years and nine months … I have no trade or occupation by which I can obtain a livelihood; I have neither house nor home that I can call my own” (DNA: RG 15, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files).

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