George Washington Papers

General Orders, 16 April 1783

Head Quarters Newburgh Wednesday April 16th 1783

Parole Dorchester
Countersigns Essex Falmouth

For the day tomorrow Major General Heath

Brigade Qr Master from

2d Massa. Brigade

The 2d Massachusetts regt gives the guards and the 8th the Fatigues tomorrow.

Untill further orders a General officer and the field officers present fit for duty in the regt or corps which gives the Guards will be of the day—The patrolls ordered for the perservation of good order in and about this Cantonment, the Guards and other duties of the day performed with arms, are to be furnished by one regiment or corps, and the fatigues and duties performed without arms by another. The Grand parade will be in front of the New building where the whole of the regiment or corps which gives the Guards is to be paraded, precisely at 12 o’clock, and will perform such Manoeuvres as the General of the day shall direct. The Guards and parties for immediate duty are then to be formed and marched off—That done the remainder of the corps will return to its cantonment and there hold itself in readiness for duty untill 12 o’clock the following day.

In the absence of Major General Gates, Major Genl Heath will take the immediate command of the Army in this Cantonment.

Officers of each State Line and every other discription of officers under the immediate orders of the Commander in chief who are called upon to signify their acceptance or refusal of the commutation offered by Congress in their act of the 23d of March 1783 will make their election thereon, and report the same through the senior officer or head of the Department on the 25th of April.

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