George Washington Papers

General Orders, 16 January 1781

General Orders

[New Windsor] Tuesday January 16th 1781.

Parole Countersigns.——

Lieutenant James Giles of the 2d regiment of Artillery is appointed Adjutant to the same from the 1st Instant vice Lieutenant Ashton transferred to the 4th.1

In Congress January 4th 1781.

A Report from the Board of War was read; whereupon Ordered, That the Board of War draw no Warrants on the Paymaster except for the Invalid regiment and the regiment of Artificers in the department of the Commissary General of Military Stores until the further order of Congress.2

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1James Giles (c.1759–1825) joined the 2d Continental Artillery Regiment as a lieutenant in September 1778. He remained the regiment’s adjutant until he left the army in August 1782. After the war, he established a successful practice as a lawyer. He rose to the rank of brigadier general in the New Jersey militia and also served as the Grand Master of the Masonic lodges of New Jersey.

2The congressional resolution adopted on 4 Jan. applied to “the paymaster general” and “regiments of artificers” (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 , 19:20–21).

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