George Washington Papers

General Orders, 6 October 1780

General Orders

Head Quarters Orangetown Friday October 6th 1780

Parole Taunton Countersigns Take: Care.
Watchword Tatoo

[Officers] For the day Tomorrow[:] Brigadier General Glover[,] Lieutenant Colonel Commandant Sherman[,] Lieutenant Colonel Huntington[,] Major Moril[,] Brigade Major Oliver

The General will beat at seven ô Clock tomorrow morning—the Assemblé at half past eight—and the march will commence at nine precisely—the Quarter master General will furnish the route and order of march.1

A detachment from the fourth Massachusetts’ regiment to Garrison the works at Dobbs’s ferry to be sent at sunrise tomorrow morning.

The sick to be sent to the flying hospital near the Magazine this afternoon.

After Orders

The General expects the strictest conformity to the regulations and the greatest attention to preserve regularity on the march and particularly where the Army halts to prevent the wanton destruction of fences.2

The Officers which compose the General Court Martial whereof Colonel H. Jackson is President are to march with the right Column.3

A Field Officer from General Howe’s division with a Commissioned officer from each division in the Army are to take the superintendency of the sick which are sent to the Flying hospital.

The Van Guard of the right column to be formed on the Grand Parade at seven ô clock precisely—the brigade and regimental Quartermasters are to attend at the same time and place.

The Camp Color men and the Invalids under proper officers are to [be] brought on the Grand Parade with the Van Guard.

The Rear Guard to be paraded nine ô clock at the same Place.

Brigadier General Glover with Lieutenant Colonel Commandant Sherman will command the Van—Lieutenant Colonel Commandant Smith with Lieutenant Colonel Whiting and Major Wiley take Command of the Rear Guard.

The Baggage will begin to file off at eight ô clock.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

2See General Orders, 21 Sept., and Steuben, Regulations description begins [Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben]. Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States. Philadelphia, 1779. description ends , 67–76.

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