George Washington Papers

General Orders, 20 October 1780

Head Quarters Totowa Friday October 20th 1780

Parole Tasso
Countersigns Tom Trip
Watchword Troop Troop

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 anytime 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.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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