George Washington Papers

General Orders, 13 July 1780

Head Quarters Pracaness Thursday July 13th 1780

Parole Bethlehem
Countersigns Bath: Berm.
Watchword Stoney point
Of. the Day Tomorrow
Brigadier General Irvine
Lieut. Col. Commdt Hubley
Brigade Major Van Laër

Major Burrows is appointed Field officer of the day for this Day vice Major T.L. Moore Indisposed.

At a Brigade General Court martial held by order of Brigadier General Wayne the 12th Instant, Colonel Stewart president John Williams Soldier in the 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment Tried for Deserting to the Enemy and bearing Arms in their Service. Pled Guilty.

The Court Sentence him to Suffer Death. (more than two thirds agreeing thereto) but from his Youth and former good Character the Court beg leave to recommend him to the Commander in Chief.

The Commander in Chief approves the Sentence: but in Consequence of the Court’s Recommendation and for the reasons they have assigned the General thinks proper to pardon the Prisoner and he is pardoned accordingly and to be released from Confinement.

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