Saturday February 8th 1783
For the day tomorrow Major Reading.
For duty the third Massachusetts Regiment.
At the general court martial of which Colonel Michael Jackson is president—Ensign Ricker Sedam of the 1st Jersey regiment charged with seizing a cow belonging to the husband of Catherine Leggett under pretence of its being designed for the enemy, and afterwards carrying the same Cow below the Lines and selling her there—Was tried—The court on consideration are of opinion that Ensign Ricker Sedam did seize a Cow belonging to the husband of Catherine Leggett and that he sold the same Cow a few rods below the Lines—they are also of Opinion that he had a right to seize the Cow, but he ought to have had her condemned, before he sold her, which was not the case, yet considering all the circumstances attending the transaction they think him excusable.
The Commander in chief approves the opinion of the court and releases Ensign Sedam from Arrest.
At the General court martial of which Colonel Zebulon Butler is president—Thomas Stevens a soldier in the 3d Massachusetts regiment, charged with using insulting Language to Lieutenant Smith of the 6th Massa. regiment when crossing the river at Westpoint, and afterwards striking Lieutenant Smith several times, was tried. The court on due consideration find Stephens guilty of a breach of part of article 5th section 2d of the rules and articles of war, and sentence him to have his honorary Badge taken off at the head of the regiment to which he belongs, and receive one hundred lashes on his naked back.
The Commander in chief approves the sentence of the Court, but remits the infliction of the punishment in consideration of the orders of the 6th instant.
All officers going on Furlough-Command, or any other business which calls them from Camp, are directed to leave orders on the paymaster, for their subsistence, during their absence.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.