George Washington Papers

General Orders, 31 March 1783

Head Quarters Newburgh March 31 1783

Parole Gratitude
Countersigns Harmony Industry

For the day tomorrow Major Trescot

B.Q.M. York Brigade

For duty the 7th Massachusetts regiment.

Seven men including two of the best Masons and one Carpinter are to be sent from each Brigade to the New building tomorrow morning 8 o’clock to continue as long as wanted.

The Commanding officer on the Lines will order one company to relieve the Detachment from Hazens regt at the Blockhouse of Dobbs ferry. The officer commanding the Company posted at the block house will take his orders from Lieutenant Colonel Smith.

Colonel H. Jackson is appointed President Majors Fish, and Rice with two Captains from the Jersey—one from the York—two from the first– three from the Second and two from the third Massachusetts Brigades members of a General courtmartial to assemble at the Newbuilding tomorrow morning ten o’clock, for the Trial of such persons as shall be brought before them.

The Commander in Chief, accepts and confirms the following Report.

The Board appointed by the orders of Brigadier General Putnam the 23d instant to review and determine the relative rank of Captains Sylvanus Smith and Burnham of the Massachusetts Line and such others as are connected with them in the decision have attended that duty and as there unanimous opinion, Report.

That Captain Burnam ought to take rank of Captain Smith— That as it appears to the board that Captain Smith received his appointment as Captain sometime in the month of February 1777 and as by a Resolve of Congress of the first of April the same year, no officer can take rank by virtue of an antedated Commission it is their further unanimous opinion, that Captain Smith ought to rank in the Line of Massachusetts Captains, next immediately preceding Captain Dix, and after Captain Marshall, as the arrangement of Captains now stand.

The Inspection and Muster of the Troops of this Cantonment and the Garrison of Westpoint for the month of march will take place on the following days vizt. The Jersey Brigade on the 7th of April

York do 8th
3d Massachusetts 9th
1 do 10th
2 do 11th
1 Connectt regt & Cranes Arty 14th
3d do Lambs Arty Invalids &ca 15th
2d Connectt regt 16th.

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