George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Hutton, 20 April 1781

20 April 1781

To William Hutton Provost Marshal of the Army

of the United States of America

Whereas at a General Court Martial held at West Point the 10th Instant by order of Major General Heath

Major Graham president

Robert Maples alias John Walker charged with "inlisting in Colonel Alden’s regiment by the Name of John Walker for during the War and deserting therefrom, also reinlisting by the name of Robert Maples for three years and taking a Bounty of two hundred hard dollars and deserting again." Was Tried, found Guilty and sentenced to suffer Death which sentence was by Me approved and his Execution ordered this day.

You will therefore take said Robert Maples alias John Walker from the place of his present confinement to the place appointed for his execution and there Hang him by the Neck ’till he be Dead for which this shall be your sufficient Warrant. Given under my Hands and Sealed New Windsor this Twentieth day of April 1781.

By His Excellency’s command

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D. Humphrys Aide De Camp.

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