George Washington Papers

General Orders, 18 February 1783

Tuesday, February 18th 1783

Parole Quebec.
Countersigns Ringwood, salisbury.

For the day tomorrow Major Pettingill.

For duty the 2d Hampshire regiment.

The Arrangement of the Lines of New-Hampshire, Rhode Island, and New Jersey is to take place on the 1st day of March, upon the principals pointed out in the resolutions of Congress of the 7th of August & 19th of Novr; and which have been made public in the orders of the 30th of October and 26th of November 1782.

The troops of Newhampshire are to be formed into one Regiment and one Battalion—The Battalion to consist of four Companies of fifty rank & file each, with one Adjutant, Quarter Master, Pay master, Surgeon or Mate, and to be commanded by two Field Officers. The Regiment to be composed of the residue of the troops of that Line; with the same number of Commissioned officers as were directed for each regiment in the Massachusetts and Connecticut Lines in the Orders of the 26th of November last.

The formation of the Corps of New Jersey on this Arrangement to be precisely the same as ordered for the Troops of New Hampshire.

The Regiment of Rhode Island to be reduced to one Battalion and to be composed of as many Companys as there are men sufficient to complete, with such Commissd and Noncommissioned staff as may be necessary; to be commanded by two field officers.

The Commanding officers of the several Lines above mentioned will superintend the re formation; and as soon as the Arrangements become complete, Duplicate Returns of the officers retained in service are to be lodged at the orderly office; also duplicate Lists of the officers who shall have retired in consequence of the reduction, agreeably to the forms which will be annexed by the Adjutant Genl.

The Commander in Chief in riding through the Lines yesterday with the honorable the secretary at war was exceedingly pleased to hear that Gentleman express the highest Admiration at the beauty and order of the Cantonments and the cleanliness of the different Parades—The Genl himself was not a little satisfied with the prompt obedience to his late orders which was so universally conspicuous.

The Muster of the Troops of the Cantonments for the month of January will take place on the following days vizt

The Jersey Brigade on the 19th
York do 20th
Hamphire do 21st
2d Massachusts do 22d
1st do do 23d
3d do do 24th instant.

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