George Washington Papers

General Orders, 20 October 1780

General Orders

Head Quarters Totowa Friday October 20th 1780

Parole Tasso Countersigns Tom Trip
Watchword Troop

[Officers] For the Day Tomorrow[:] Brigadier General Paterson[,] Colonel Craige[,] Lieutenant Colonel Johnston[,] Major Ballard[,] Brigade Major Darby.

The Grand Parade is changed to a field between General St Clairs and General Huntington’s quarters.

The officer commanding the Provost guard is upon the requisition of the President of a Court martial to send the Prisoners demanded under a proper guard to the Court should circumstances at any time render the making a detachment from the Provost guard unsafe the officer is to acquaint the President that an escort may be obtained from the troops nearest at hand.

At a Division General Court martial the 5th instt Colonel Ogden President: Samuel Jones of Colonel Gimat’s regiment of Light Infantry was tried for “Desertion and attempting to go to the enemy” found Guilty and sentenced (more than two thirds of the court agreeing) to suffer Death.

The Commander in Chief approves the Sentence but is pleased to Pardon samuel Jones upon the particular recommendation of Colonel Tupper and Lieutenant Colonel Littlefield of the Regiment to which he belongs in the Line.1

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For the arrest of Pvt. Samuel Jones, see William Maxwell to GW, 17 May, n.7; see also Lafayette to Alexander Hamilton, this date, in Hamilton Papers description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends , 2:483.

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