George Washington Papers

General Orders, 8 January 1781

General Orders

[New Windsor] Monday January 8th 1781

Parole. Countersigns.

The Rank of the Massachusetts regiments under the new establishment of the army having been determined as follows.1

No. of the Regiment Commanded by
1st regiment Colonel Vose
2d Lieutenant Colonel Sprout
3d Colonel Greaton
4th Colonel Shepard
5th Colonel Putnam
6th Lieutenant Colonel Smith
7th Lieutenant Colonel Brooks
8th Colonel M. Jackson.
9 Colonel H. Jackson
10th Colonel Tupper.

By a Committee chosen by the respective commanding officers of them or their Representatives; the Commander in Chief for that reason approves the determination of the Committee and directs it to take place accordingly.2

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For the new organization of the Continental army, which, among other reforms, reduced the number of infantry regiments from every state except Delaware, see Samuel Huntington to GW, 4 and 26 Oct. 1780, and GW to Huntington, 11 Oct. 1780; see also JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 18:893–97, 958–62, and General Orders, 1 November.

2For this committee and its selection of colonels for the revised Massachusetts regiments, see the general orders for 1 Nov., n.5.

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