George Washington Papers

General Orders, 14 December 1780

General Orders

[New Windsor] Thursday December 14th 1780

The Honorable the Congress have been pleased to pass the following Resolutions.

In Congress November 28th 1780

Some doubts having arisen in the minds of the General officers whether the resolution of the 21st of October last “Granting Half pay for life to the officers who shall remain in service to the end of the war” was meant to extend to them.

Resolved That the said half pay for life be extended to all Major Generals and Brigadiers General who shall continue in service to the end of the war and that the resolution of the 21st of October last was so meant and intended.

In Congress November 29th 1780

Resolved That the Act of Congress of the 8th of January last providing for the Payment of Officers horses killed in Action be extended to such officers entitled to keep them who shall have their horses wounded and disabled in action: provided the Horses so wounded and disabled be delivered to the department of the Quarter Master General.1

In Congress December 6th

The Committee to whom was referred the letter of [ ] from General Washington brought in a Report, whereupon Congress came to the following resolution.

While Congress are sensible of the Patriotism Courage and Perseverance of the Officers and Privates of their regular Forces as well as of the Militia throughout these United States, and of the Military conduct of the principal Commanders in both it gives them pleasure to be so frequently called upon to confer marks of distinction and Applause for enterprizes which do honor to the profession of Arms and claim a high rank among military atchievements. In this light they view the Enterprize against Fort St George on Long Island, planned and conducted with Wisdom and gallantry by Major Tallmadge of the light dragoons and executed with intrepidity and complete success by the Officers and soldiers of his detachment.

Ordered therefore—That Major Tallmadge’s report to the Commander in Chief be published with the preceding minute as a tribute to distinguished Merit and in testimony of the sense Congress entertain of this brilliant service.2

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For the transmission of these congressional resolutions, see Samuel Huntington to GW, 29 Nov., and notes 3 and 4.

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