George Washington Papers

General Orders, 17 October 1780

General Orders

Head Quarters Totowa Tuesday Octr 17. 1780

Parole Lapland Countersigns Leik, Lar,
Watchword Lively,

[Officers] For the Day Tomorrow[:] Brigadier General Huntington[,] Colonel Bradford[,] Lieutenant Colonel North—Major Wylley[,]1 Brigade Major Woodbridge

A regiment from the second Connecticut brigade to take post at the Notch and relieve Major Parr who is to join the light corps of the army.2

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

Continental army chaplain Joel Barlow wrote Ruth Baldwin, his eventual wife, from Totowa on 18–22 Oct. that on 17 Oct. he “had a billet from General Washington to dine. How do you think I felt when the greatest man on earth placed me at his right hand, with Lord Stirling at his left, at table? I graced the table with a good grace, and felt perfectly easy and happy. There were many gentlemen there” (Todd, Life and Letters of Barlow description begins Charles Burr Todd. Life and Letters of Joel Barlow, LL.D.: Poet, Statesman, Philosopher. New York and London, 1886. description ends , 36–37).

1The general orders refer to Maj. John Wiley.

2Maj. James Parr’s command had been posted at Great Notch in the general orders for 9 October.

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