The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 4

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 4

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 4

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 4

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GENERAL ORDERS

Head Quarters, Cambridge, October 1, 1775.

Parole Hampton. Countersign Ireland.

The Colonels and commanding Officers of Corps, are upon application from the Qr. M. General, immediately to employ under his direction, all the Carpenters in their several regiments to erect barracks for the Regiments and Corps they respectively belong to.

Lieut. Cummings1 of Capt. Dow's2 Company in Col Prescot's3 regiment, tried at a General Court martial, whereof Colo. Hitchock was presdt. for "misbehaviour in the action upon Bunkers-hill". The Court are unanimously of opinion, the prisoner is not guilty of the Charge; and the Complaint appears to the court, to be groundless and malicious. The General approves the proceedings of the court, and orders Lieut. Cummings to be immediately released from his arrest.

GENERAL ORDERS

Head Quarters, October 3, 1775.

Parole Malden. Countersign Norfolk.

Any Officer; non Commission'd Officer, or Soldier, who shall hereafter be detected playing at Toss-up, pitch and hustle, or any other Games of chance, in, or near the Camp or Villages bordering on the encampments; shall without delay be confined and punished for disobedience of orders.4

Doctor Isaac Foster, to take the direction and superintendency of the General Hospital, until further orders, and is to be obeyed as Director during that time. The General does not mean by the above Order, to discourage sports of exercise and recreation, he only means to discountenance and punish Gaming.

Ensign Proctor5 of Capt. Fletcher's6 Capt. Joel Fletcher. Company, in Colonel Doolittles regt.7 tried at a late General Court Martial for "absenting himself from his regiment from the 9th of August, to the 27th of Sept. following". The Court find the prisoner guilty of the Crime, and orders him to be mulcted one months pay for his offence.

John Gallop of Capt. Watkins8 Company, in Col. Pattersons Regt.9 tried at the above Court Martial, for "absenting himself from his regiment from the 27th June--to the 27th of Septembr. following, and carrying off and disposing of a Colony Gun". The Court find the prisoner guilty of the Crimes wherewith he was accused and sentence him to be whipped on bare back, Fifteen Lashes, and order the Value of the Gun to be stop'd out of his pay.

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