Friday February 28th 1783
For the day tomorrow Major Oliver.
For duty the 2d Jersey regiment.
In carrying the Arrangement of the Newhampshire, Rhode Island and New Jersey Lines into effect; all Vacancies are to be considered as filled to the first day of March, in conformity to the Sentiments of Congress expressed on a similar occasion—immediate application is to be made to those States, that the promotions may take place and be certified accordingly.
The Generals and Commandants of Brigades & Regimts are desired to meet the Quarter Master General at eleven o’clock tomorrow at the public building, to consult and establish some more particular Regulations respecting the Sutlers and Markets of the Army.
At the General Court Martial of which Colonel Michael Jackson is president Lieutenant Henry Williams of the 2d regiment of Artillery was tried, charged with unofficer and ungentlemanlike behavior on the evening of the 6th of October 1782 "First for asserting a falsehood tending to promote dissention between the 2d & 3d regiments of Artillery, by saying that We the 2d regiment of Artillery to a man (addressing himself to Captn Lieutenant Kemper) do dispise you and your regiment, or any thing you can say in behalf of it—2dly For stripping to buffet with Captn Lt Kemper, and afterwards drawing a sword on him when unarmed—3dly For writing a challenge for Captn Lieutenant Kemper & leaving it in the Bar room of a public Tavern unsealed.
The Court after maturely considering the evidence for and against Lt Williams, and his Defence, are of opinion on the first charge, that Lt Williams did on the evening of the 6th of October last say that "We the 2d regiment of Artillery to a man—addressing himself to Captain Lt Kemper—do dispise you and your regiment, or any thing you can say in behalf of it for which they think him very unjustifiable in breach of article 5th Section 18th of the Rules and Articles of war—On the 2d Charge the Court are of opinion that Lt Williams did on the evening of the 6th of October last strip to buffet with Captain Lt Kemper, and did afterwards draw a sword on him when unarmed, for which Conduct they think him very unjustifiable, in breach of article 5th section 18th of the Rules and Articles of war—The Court are also of opinion that the 3d Charge is not Supported—The Court Sentence Lt Williams to be reprimanded in General orders and Suspended from Service for three months.
The Commander in Chief confirms the sentence.
Lieutenant Williams should have better understood the delacacy of an officers Character than to have suffered himself to have been betrayed into such improper conduct as he has been guilty of.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.