George Washington Papers

General Orders, 25 May 1781

Friday May 25th 1781


Peter McBride Matross in the 2d regiment of Artillery charged with "mutinous behavior," Joel Wilmot and Elmer Russell matrosses in the same regiment charged with "Desertion" were tried by the General Court martial whereof Lieutenant Colonel Stephens is president convicted and sentenced as follows vizt Peter McBride to receive one hundred lashes on his bare back with hiccory rods: Joel Wilmot and Elmer Russel to receive one hundred lashes each on their bare backs.

Major General St Clair approves the above sentences and orders them to be executed as soon as convenient.

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