ORDERLY BOOK OF THE COMPANY OF Captain George Stubblefield FIFTH VIRGINIA REGIMENT, FROM MARCH 3, 1776, TO JULY 10, 1776, INCLUSIVE.

CAMP AT WILLIAMSBURG, begun March 3, 1776.

GENERAL ORDERS. Parole-Meriwether Smith.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Duval. Officer for

the Guard, Lieut. Crump.

WM. CHRISTIAN.

 

HEAD QUARTERS, W’MSBURG, March 4th, 1776.

GENERAL ORDERS. Parole-Tabb.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Campbell. Officer for the Guard, Lieut. Dudley.

W. C.

 

March 5th, 1776.

GENERAL ORDERS. Parole-Howe.

The Guard to be mounted from the Same Comp’ys as it was this morning until further orders. The Officer for the Day and Officer of the Guard is to be answerable for the Peace of the Town with Respect to the behaviour of the Soldiers. They [must], therefore, be Perticular in Surpressing all Quarrells and Noise that may arise. The officers of the Respective Companys will also attend Perticularly to the Point. Capt. Gibson will order Subaltern and Sixteen Men to go to James Town To-morrow fore-Noon. They are, if possible, to percure a House Lower Down in the Island than where the men Now are, as they can make a Discovery sooner and Prevent an Enemy from Landing on that Part.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Sayres. Officer for the Guard, Lieut. Minor.

W. C.

 

March 5th, 1776.

AFTER ORDERS:

Each Capt. Or Commander of a Company in Town, will this Evening make out an exact Return of his Respective Comp’y, of their Arms and Accoutrements, of the nessiaries they are Furnis’d with Either for Quarters or for a march; allso How they are Cloth’d.

W.C.

 

WILLIAMSBURG, HEAD QUARTERS, March 6th, 1776.

Parole-Pendleton.

A Return to be made to-morrow to the Com’d’g officer by the Adjutan- General on his ——— Absent by Adjutant Johnston, of all the Troops in Town. Officer for the day To-morrow, Capt. Stubblefield. Officer for the Guard, Ensign Burrell. The Tale for Guard: Capt. Sayres, one Sergeant, one Corporal and 16 Privates; Capt. Stubblefield, one Sergeant, one Corporal and 17 Privates.

 

HEAD QUARTERS, WILLIAMSBURG, March 7th, 1776.

Parole-Virginia.

Officers of Companys are frequently to inspect the Barracks of their Men, to prevent them from doing injury to the Houses, and as Cleanliness is essential to the Health of the Soldiery, to take Perticular care that the Barracks are often Cleaned. Every Soldier is to Consider himself as intended to Protect the inhabitants of this Country; if contrary to this intention, he should insult or injure them in their persons or property, he may Depend on being Treated with Severity. Officers of Companys are frequently to have their men Exercised; this Duty ought to Claim their attention were their Soldiers ever so well Trained; they are, therefore, to consider it more Perticularly incumbent on them to exert them Selves to instruct new Raised men in their Disipline, upon which their own Honour and that of the Service Depends. Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Gibson, Do. for Guard, Ensign Winslow.

W. C.

 

WILLIAMSBURG, March 8th, 1776.

Parole-Williamsburg.

A Corporal Guard to be Mounted Every day at the Powder Mill. Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Towles. Officer for Guard, Lieut. Fox.

 

WILLIAMSBURG, March 9th, 1776.

Parole-Mercer.

A General Court Martial to Sett immediately at the Capitol for the Trial of John Dixon, Confined by Capt. Towles for stealing a Pocket Book. The Court Martial to consist of the following officers:

Capt. Seayrs, Lieut. Linn, Capt. Johnson,

Capt. Cambell, Ensign Lee, Capt. Hawse,

Capt. Stubblefield, Capt. Johnson, Lieut. Smith, Members

Capt. Faulkner, Capt. Gibson, Ensign Burwell.

A Complaint having been made to the Commanding Officer that notwithstanding the Strict and Recent orders Given them against Injuring the Barracks, that Some Soldiers was seen yesterday apulling the Shingles from one of the Houses; he is therefore under the Necessity of Repeating his Request to the officers of the Line to Exert themselves to prevent the men from Commiting a Crime so Disagreeable to the Army and so Injurious to Individuals, or, if they Should Continue to Transgress, to bring them to Punishment, they will in that Case so much Deserve. Sergeants are to be perticularly attentive to make the Soldiers acquainted with the Orders that Relate to them. Detail for Guard: Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Johnson. Officer for the Guard, Lieutenant Hopson.

 

HEAD QUARTERS, WILLIAMSBURG, March 10th, 1776.

Parole-Howe.

The Guard at the Powder Mill is to Suffer no person what Ever to pass into the Powder House without a permit in wrighting from the Commanding officer, except those persons who are Nessisarily employ’d in the Works. All the officers and Soldiers will attend Divine Service at the Capitol at three o’Clock. Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Smith. Officer for the Guard, Lieutenant Hite.

 

WILLIAMSBURG, HEAD QUARTERS, March 11th, 1776.

Parole-Virginia.

Field Officer for the Day, Lieutenant-Colo. Weedon. The Officer of the Day is to wait on the Hon’ble, the Present [sic] of the Comm’te of Safety with the Parole of Daily orders, as soon as the Guards are Reliev’d. The Adjutant-Gen’l is to give in to Day a Field Return of the Troops in Quarters in this City. All the Troops are to be on the Gen’l Parade at half after Two this afternoon, and to be Rec’d by the Commanding officer half after three. The Commanding Officer wishes to see no officer or non-Commission officer appear on the Parade unArmed. The Articles of War will be Read after the Reviews Every Morning as soon as the Guards are Reliev’d. The Troops off Duty are to Parade nere the Capitol with Arms, to attend Divine Service. The Chaplain will be Pleas’d to Shorten his Service as much as is Consistent with his Ideas of Decency. Every Sunday, half after two [in the] Afternoon, the Troops are to be on the Gen’l Parade with Arms to attend Divine Service, when the Chaplain is to add to the Prayers a Short Sermon. All Order with Respect to the none-Com’s’d officers and Privates are to be Frequently Read and Explained by the Captains of Companys to their men on the Parade, so that Every Man may Fully understand them. Two Men from Each Company are to be appointed Camp Coular-men, under the Directions of the Q’r-Master for the Purpose of Keeping the Barracks Neat and Clean. The Officer of the Day, after having vissited the Guards, is to Vissit the Hospital, and Report to the Commanding officer what Care is Taken, and accommodations are Provided for the Sick. The Field Officer on Duty to-Day is to Signifie to Hon’ble, the Committee of Safety, that their Presence on the Parade, at Half after three this afternoon, will yield Great Pleasure to the Comm’d’g officer, as it will give Importance and Consequence to the Review. The Q’r-Master-Gen’l is to Give in by five o’Clock this Evening a Return of the waggons employ’d here in the Military Service, of the Quantity of wood Brought in Daily for the use of the Troops, and the Load each waggon carries. He is also to inform the Commanding officer of the State of the Roads a Long which the waggons Pass, and the number of the entrenching tools here in Store. A Subaltern officer, Serg’t, and 25 Men, Rank and File, are, after to-Day, to work on the Roads till they are put in Due Repair; and this Duty of Fatigue is to be occationally Repeated as the Service may require, under the Immediate Eye and Direction of the Q’r-Master Gen’l. The officers will always Treat the Soldiers With the utmost Humanity and Tenderness, and the Soldiers and None-Comm’s’d officers to pay Due Respect to their officers. A Soldier, who Knows and inclines to do his Duty, will never pass Without moving his Hatt. Every morning, after Divine Service, the Companys are to be Drill’d, and is to be Expected that the officers of Each Comp’y will exert their utmost abilities to form their Men in Due Military order. A Captain’s Guard to be mounted, Consisting of 1 Captain, 1 Lieutenant, 1 Ensign, 3 Sergeants, 3 Corporals, 30 (?) Privates, one Drum and Fife. Captain for Guard To-morrow, Captain Faulkner; Lieutenant Fowler; Ensign Pendleton.

 

AFTER ORDERS :

In consequence of the seditious behaviour of some of Capt. Gibson’s Comp’y, two of them were Confin’d, and a General C’t Martial of the Line instituted, the Sentence of which the Comm’d’g officer Totally Disapproved. It is ordered that the Two Prisoners be Laid in Irons, and Remain so, under a proper Guard, till the arrival of Gen’l Howe. The Rest of the Comp’y, None-Com’d officers and Rank and File, having Discovered on Sundry occations the Same Seditious and Mutinous Spirit, Shall be Stript of their arms and ammunition, and Put upon Duty of Fatigue under the Direction of the Q’r-Master Gen’l, who shall be Supported in the Execution of his Duty by a Captain’s Guard, Properly Furnish’d with ammunition. The Captain of that Guard is to have orders, that if any of these Seditious and Mutinous Soldiers Shall dare to Refuse to Perform the Duty which the Q’r-Master Gen’l Shall direct, such offenders shall be put in Irons, to which Necessary Piece of Duty, if any obstruction arise from the same Mutinous Disposition, the Guards is to fire on the offenders With such Effect as to kill them if possible.

H. MERCER, Col. Third Reg’t.

Captain for the Fatigue To-morrow: Capt. Hawes, Lieut. Jones, Ensign Gerald.

 

WILLIAMSBURG, HEAD QUARTERS, March 12th, 1776.

Parole-Washington.

At three O’Clock [in the] afternoon the Troops are to [be] Exercised daily on the Gen’l Parade from 3 o’Clock till half after 5. The adjutant-Gen’l is to give in to the Comm’d’g officer weekly and Monthly Returns of all the Troops on duty about Posts, as well as at Head Quarters. The Q’r-Master Gen’l is to Give in monthly Returns of all Military Stores, the Date of Receiving, and from whom of issuing, and by whose order, and to whom. Capt. Campbell, of the first Battalion, and Captain Towles of the Sixth, are to march their Comp’ys to Reinforce the Fourth at Hampton, with all Convenient Expedition; also march to Suffolk, the Place of their Station.

Officer for the Day to-Day, Captain Sayres.

Officers for Guard To-morrow : Captain Hawes, Lieutenant Jones, Ensign Gerald.

 

WILLIAMSBURG, HEAD Q’RS, March 13th, 1776.

Parole-Lee.

Field Officer for the Day, Maj. Spotswood.

Regimental Orders-as Soon as a Comp’y is under Marching Orders, all Detachments an Duty from that Comp’y are to be Reliev’d by Equal Detachments from that Line. Officer for Guard To-morrow, Capt. Richerson. Subalterns for Guard, Lieut. Garland, Ensign Fox.

For the Fatigue To-morrow, Capt. Anderson, Lt. Lipscomb, Ensign Catlett; 7 for Guard To-morrow; 6 for Fatigue.

 

AFTER ORDERS :

All Soldiers who have an Enclination to serve in the Artillery, and are found Quallified in that Service in the Opinion of officers of the Artillery, are at Liberty to do so by the Directions of the Hon’ble the Committee of Safety.

 

WILLIAMSBURG, HEAD Q’T’RS, March 14th, 1776.

Parole-Discipline.

Field officer for the Day Colo. Mercer. The Commanding Officer Desires to Speak with the officers of the Line to Day at Mr. Southall’s at one o’Clock.

Commanding Officers of Comp’ys are immediately to Examine the Arms of their Men, and Report to the Comm’d’g officer in Chief, for the Time being, the Number fit for Service and Such as are otherwise, that the Latter may be ordered to be Repaired as soon as possible.

The Q’t’r Master Gen’l is to apply to the Publick Store Keepers for a Return of the Goods belonging to the Publick now on hand; he is also to Procure a Return from Mr. Maupin of the Quantity of Ammunition, Ball, &c., in the Magazine, and to make Perticular Report to the Commanding officer by 9 o’Clock To-morrow.

Officers for Guard To-morrow, Capt. Anderson, Lt. Lipscomb, Ensign Catlett. For Fatigue To-morrow, Capt. Hopkins, Lt. Anderson, Ensign Tompkins.

 

HEAD QUARTERS, W’MSB’G, March 15th, 1776.

Parole-Arnold.

Officer of the Day To-morrow, Capt. Stubblefield.

Soldiers are to take Notice of the Waste of Ammunition; it will be deemed an unpardonable offence, and every Commanding Officer are to inspect whether they have wasted it, and in Case any have done so, to send such Person or Persons imediately to the Guard, then they may be Tried and Punish’d by a Court Marshall.

All Commission’d and non-Com’s’d officers of Companys are to be Perticularly Carefull that the Soldiers are made acquainted with Every order Relative to them.

Officers for the Guard To-morrow, Lt. Anderson, Lt. Upshur, Ensign Tompkins. For the Relief Guard, Lt. Fowler.

 

WILLIAMSBURG, HEAD Q’RS, March 16th, 1776.

Parole-Philadelphia.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Johnson.

No Guns to be Charged but those of the Guard, who are to Load only with Powder and Loose Ball, with such wadding that is easy to draw, and all officers of Guards when Reliev’d are to see that the Men Carefully Draw their Pieces with as Little Waste as Possible and Return the Powder into their Horns before they are dismist from the Parade. No Soldier, unless Duety Requires it, is to fire off his Piece with out Leave of the Comm’d’g officer. Those who disobey these orders will Certainly be Punished; the Serjeants of the Line having Neglect[ed] their Duty in not Returning Sick Lists to the Comm’d’g officer, he Takes this Method to inform them that he Expects for the Future, and will not Dispens with it, a Daily Return of the Sick in their Hands, the Names of the Men, the Nature of their Disorder, the Time they have been Confined and When they are well enough for duty.

Officers for the Day To-morrow, Lt. Clay, Lt. Bentley, Ensign Davison.

 

WILLIAMSB’G HEAD Q’R’S, March 17th, 1776.

Parole-Burk.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Faulkner.

Colo. Mercer is Sensible that he had exceeded the Line of Duty in his Treatment of Capt. Gibson’s Comp’y, has Requested the Comm’d’g officer to Declare in Orders that he had no Personal Intentions in Any thing he did, and in this Publick manner he Desires to acknowledge he was wrong, and to assure the Company that he is Sorry for what happen’d. The Comm’d’g Officer is of Opinion that this officer Like Acknowledgment of the Colonel’s ought to be Satisfactory to the Company.

Officers for Guard To-morrow, Lt. Hockaday, Lt. Burton, Ensign Burk.

 

WILLIAMSBURG HEAD Q’R’S, March 18th, 1776.

Parole-Gates.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Massey.

Officers of Companys are Imediately to make a Return to the Commanding officer of the Number of Men in their Companys who are Furnished with Cartouch Boxes, Powder Horns and Shot Pouches; allso the No. who are not Provided. All Companys which are in Town, that are intended for other Districts, are to get them Selves in Readiness to March to their Several Stations as Expeditiously as Possible. The Qr. Master Gen’l is Frequently to Visit the Different Smiths Employ’d in Repairing the Publick Arms, and to Hasten them in their work as much as Possible.

Officers for Guard To-morrow, Lt. Avery, Lt. Garland, Ensign Cock.

 

WILLIAMSBURG HEAD Q’R’S, March 19, 1776.

GENERAL ORDERS. Parole-Maryland.

Adjutant Johnston is to do the Duty of Brigade Major until Further Orders. All Officers, upon their Coming into Camp, are to Consider it as their indispensable Duty to wait on the Comm’d’g Officer, or to make him acquainted with their arrival. The Brigadier-General Leaves the Camp to Day. He Expects that the Soldiers will Pay the Strictest attention to their Duty and Exert them Selves to Learn that Discipline so Necessary to their own Honour and Safety; that they will behave with Decency to their Fellow Citizens Whose Persons and Property they were ordained to Protect and Defend; and that they will not by any unworthy Conduct Disgrace the Honorable Profession of a Soldier. It is Recommended to and Expected of all Officers that they will, to the utmost of their Power, keep order and Decorum in Camp; be Very Diligent in Learning their own Duty and [in] instructing the soldiers in theirs; that they will Spare no Pains nor think much of any Labour or Difficulty to make them Selves fit for that important End they have intended to Answer, that of Defending the Darling Rights, Liberties and Properties of their Country.

Officer for the Day, Capt.

Officers for Guard To-morrow, Lt. Hopson, Lt. Maury, Ensign Stokes.

 

HEAD Q’R’S, W’MSBURG, March 20th, 1776.

Parole-Page.

It is expected that Every officer will attend the Parade at Role Calling Every Morning and Evening. The Guard to be increas’d an officer, a Sergeant and Eighteen men. Officers for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Ruffin, Lt. Clay, Lt. Barton, Lt. Burwell.

 

HEAD Q’R’S W’MSBURG, March 21, 1776.

G. O.

Observing that Some Officers appear on Parade without their Fuzees, it is Expected that no such Neglect will happen in Future.

R.O.

The Officers of the Reg’t will always appear on Parade in their Uniforms and Fuzees. This ceremony must not be Dispensed with.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Captain Gibson.

Officers for Guard To-Morrow, Lt. Crump, Lt. Upshaw, Ensign Davison.

 

RICHMOND COURT HOUSE, HEAD Q’R’S, March 29, 1776.

The Several Companys are Desired to Parade at the Court House by 11 o’Clock, precisely.

J. PARKER

 

GENERAL RENDEZVOUS, March 30, ’76.

R. O.

The Commanding Officers of Companies to order a proper Person, of their Respective Companies, to attend Chas. Travers, in order to be instructed in Drum-beating; these men to be immediately put under his Direction. Charles Travers appointed Drum-Major during Pleasure or Good behaviour. He is to use his best skill and Diligence to bring on the Drummers of Different Companies at this Place. It is expressly ordered, that if any Soldier be found committing a nuisance Within Fifty yards of any house or Barrack, in which Soldiers or others are Lodged, that such offenders be Confined and Tried for Disobedience of Order. This is to be read to the men on Parade. Capt. Faulkner will Receive his Perticular orders on Monday Next. In the Mean Time he is to See that the Officers and Soldiers for the Detachment ordered yesterday, be Put in Readiness to March from this Place on Tuesday Next, and that Four Waggons be in Readiness to attend the s’d Detachment. All the Captains are desired to Report a State of their Companies, as to their No. of men and the No. of arms, Describing how many unfit for Service, in what manner they are supplied with Tents, Blankets, &c. This Report to be made To-morrow or Monday.

At a Regimental Court Martial, held on Friday the 29th, 1776, March:

Capt. Stubblefield, President.

Lt. Mosely, Lt. Fowler,

Lt. Anderson, Lt. Eggleston, Members.

Lt. Kennon, Lt. Bentley,

The Charge as Follows : Corporal Brent ordered to the Guard House by Henry Fauntleroy, for his Insolence in the Barracks, and likewise on Parade. Witnesses for the Complain’t, Harrison Randolph, Esq., Serg’t Norris, Lt. Towles, and E. Beal. Witnesses for the Prisoner, John Hunt, Corporal Newby, and Geo. Norriss; and, From the Testamony of the said witnesses, it appears that the said Brent was Guilty of Insolence in the Barracks; and the Court Martial Give it as their oppinion that on his making Confessions before the Company in Acknowledging himself in the Wrong, and asking Lt. Henry Fauntleroy’s pardon, that he be acquitted from Farther prosecution.

GEORGE STUBBLEFIELD, P’t.

Approved by Wm. Peachy.

Order’d, That if the said Corporal does not immediately perform the Above Condition, he be put under Confinement for further Tryal.

 

R. O., March 31, 1776.

The different Commanding officers of Each Company of the Fifth Regiment are Desired to have their Men in Readiness, to be Call’d on the Parade Nere the Court House To-morrow at 10 o’Clock, Provided the Com’d’g officer for the Time being shall find it Necessary.

J. PARKER.

 

Head Quarters, Sabine Hall, Richmond County.

 

R. O. for April 3d, 1776

The Commanding Officer of Each Company to see into the Arms of their different Comp’ys, that they are in as Good Order as Possible; to see that the Men keep them Selves as Clean as the Nature of Affairs will Admit; that the Officers attend to their Different Companies at Reveille beating of the Drum, which must be as Early as the Day; to have their Companies in Readiness for Parade To-morrow at 10 o’Clock with their Arms and Accouterments; that a Subaltern Guard be Paraded from Capt. Stubblefield’s Companie To-morrow; that Lt. Dudley be Officer of the Day and Lt. Minor Officer of the Guard; that the officers be perticular in not associating with the Soldiers so far as to let them Make use of Familiarity; that the Soldiers shew the Necessary Respect to all the Officers of the Continental army, not paying Respect to Companies or Regiments. That these orders be Read at the head of Each Company this Evening when the Soldiers are on Parade. Richard Willoughby Thompson, Fifer of Capt. Ball’s Comp’y, is appointed Fife Major During Pleasure to the 5th Regiment. He is to take under his Direction a Soldier from Each Company that has no fifer to Teach the Art of the fife.

 

A Report of the Court held on Lt. Fauntleroy to the Following Purpose : The Court having duly Considered the Evidences Given, and are of opinion that Lt. Fauntleroy has Exceeded the Line of his Duty in Beat’g Corporal Brent after he was Confined, and that this Determination be Given out in General Orders this Evening. This is accordingly Done by the Colonel’s Orders.

April 2d, 1776.

 

HEAD Q’R’S, RICHMOND COURT HOUSE.

R. O. for April 4th, 1776. Parole-Lee.

Captain Pleasants’s Company to hold themselves in Readiness to march. Rose’s Old Field, Friday Morning, 7 o’Clock. The same Guard to be paraded To-morrow as to Day. Lt. Kennon officer of the Guard and Lt. Fowler Officer of the Day-the Guard to Come from Faulkner’s Company.

 

R. O. Wednesday, Ap’l 3d, 1776, 10 O. C. P. M. Lee

All the Companies to hold themselves in Readiness to March at an Hour’s warning; that an Express be instantly Sent to Capt. Bernard in order to Join his Regiment instantly; to impress into the Service if Possible two wagons; if not to be had, one must be’got. The Captain to be Perticularly Diligent in Getting their Companies in Readiness that no Excuse may be made when marching orders is Given.

J. PARKER.

 

GENERAL RENDEZVOUS, RICHMOND COURT HOUSE,

April 5th, ’76.

Capt. Scruggs to March To-morrow by 4 o’clock P. M., with his Comp’y and Proceed by Easy Marches to W’msburg, Halting in the Neighborhood of the Town for further Orders. Capt. Pleasants is to march his Comp’y from his Quarters by 10 o’Clock To-morrow, and to proceed to Cross the River as Expeditiously as Possible, and From thence to make the Best Quarters he Can, so as to be Clear of the Town.

All the Companies to be held in Readiness to March at an Hour’s warning. The Contractor to march with the first and second Companies that go from this Place, Leaving with the Companies behind three Days’ Provisions for Each Man. Each Company to Take one waggon only, and to hold themselves in Readiness. Capt. Falkner to March To morrow at 4 o’Clock P. M.

 

RICHMOND COURT HOUSE, April 6th, ’76.

The Companies which have not marching orders to March to-Day, Immediately to Divide the Camp Kettles, Cartouch Boxes and Canteens in Proportion to the Deficiency of those articles in Each, if there should not be Enough to Compleat them all. The Corporal’s Guard now mounted to be augmented to 12 Men and a Serg’t to Take Charge thereof, and Have all the Stores Delivered to his Care. The Spare waggon to be Loaded with the Tents and other Stores which may not be Taken by the Companies To-morrow, is to move under the Escort of Capt. Stubblefield’s Company, which is to be in Readiness to March by 10 o’Clock To-morrow.

The Companies is to be Serv’d on the Days they Respectively March with 4 or 5 Day’s Provisions Either at this Place, the Ferry or at Tappahannock. Corporal Blackmore to Take in Charge the Stores and Deliver them according to aforesaid order, and Do the Duty of Quarter Master’s Sergeant, till Further Orders. The Different Companies are to March into Williamsburg as Expeditiously as they Can, Giving Notice to the Officer of the Day and Deputy Qr. M. G. of their approach, and Remain in the Neighbourhood of the City untill the Capt. Or Commanding officer of Such Comp’y have orders to Move in.

R. O., Ap’l 6th, 1776.

 

A Return of all arms and Military Accoutrements of Col. Peachy’s Battalion to be made early To-morrow Morning by the Respective Capts. Commanding their Companies of the said Battalion, that they may be equipt for their march, by orders of Maj’r Gen’l Lee.

 

WILLIAMS BURGH, April 12th, 1776.

Field Officer for the Day To-morrow, Col. Buckner; it is with concern I now repeat to the line, that Their neglect is naturely fallen on me, without Excuse of which Reymiss [sic] the Authority of my office, the Daily Returns reported to me 814, only 520 appeared at first. I now must repeat, in Future, if the Field returns are not given in half an hour before the hour of parade, and the Men accounted for, the officers so neglecting Must Excuse me for arresting them for a Neglect of orders and Breach of duty-by orders of

THOS. BULLETT, D. A. G.

 

HEAD QUARTERS, April 13, 1776.

Parole-Taylor.

Three Centenels to be posted at proper Distances in Mr. Waller’s wood, who are to take care that no Injury is done to the Trees, either by wantonly Cutting and hacking them or by the Custom of Throwing Tomahawks. Sheads or Boxes to be Constructed for the Shelter of the Centinels in bad weather. All the returns To be made agreeable to the former Delivered In by the Adjutant-Gen’l.

Monthly returns to be given in Monday, and these Returns, in future, to be made the last Day of Every month and Given in, by order,

THOS. BULLETT, D. A. G.

The Companies in Town, of Col. Peachy’s fifth Battalion, to be on the palace parade by 10 o’Clock at Farthest, to have their arms examined, that it may be determined how many of Them are able to march, by Order of Maj’r Gen’l Lee, Com’d’r in Sou. Dept. Given in Williamsburg, April 14, 1776.

THOS. BULLETT, D. A. G.

 

WILLIAMS BURG, HEAD QUARTERS, April 14, 1776.

Parole-Randolph.

The Brigade-Major always to furnish the Quarter-Master-General with what number of Men he demands; afterwards to the Adj’t-Gen’l the number he has Given; the Superintendance of the artificers to Send in a Report every morning of what has been done the preceding 24 hours. The Quarter Master-General to send somebody to Burwell’s Ferry to fix on Quarters for 2 Companies Compleat; a Return immediately to be Given by the Diferent corps of all the water-men there are Amongst their Men.

By Order of Maj’r-Gen’l Lee

Commandant of the Southern Dep’t.

Given in W’ms Burg, April 14th, 1776.

THOS. BULLETT, D. A. G.

 

SUFFOLK, April 21, 1776.

G. O.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Captain Fontaine. Guard and fatigue as usual.

R. O. Ensign Moor for Guard; Ensign Parkir for Fatigue.

 

SUFFOLK, April 22d, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Putnam.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Westfall. Guard and Fatigue as usual.

 

SUFFOLK, April 23d, 1776.

AFTER ORDERS.

The Acting-Q’r Master Gen’l, or Major-Brigade, to make out a return of the Soldiers who are Smiths, and willing to work, is to be Giving by the Commanding officers of Every Corps. Mr. Harrison Randolph to act and do the duty of Assistant Q’r-Master Gen’l to this Post.

Given by Order THOS. BULLETT, D. A. G.

Guard and Fatigue as usual.

 

AFTER ORDERS.

One Field Officer, Six Capts., Twelve Lieuts., and Six Ensigns, with 300 R. and file, to be Paraded to-morrow by 8 o’Clock for Comm’d; to be provided with Fifteen or 20 Rounds; Eight Days’ Provision. They will receive their Orders on the Parade.

By Order Maj’r-Gen’l Lee.

 

SUFFOLK, April 24th, 1776.

As Gen’l Lee finds that several officers have an intention to quit the Service of their Country at this important crisis, he begs those Persons Severally to Send in their Reasons in writing, that he may lay them before the Committee of Safety and Continental Congress, who are the best Judges of the merit or demerit of their Resignations. At the same time he begs leave to Inform them that they shall have Immediate permission to absent themselves till the Pleasure of the Committee and Continental Congress is further known, for the Gen’l cannot flatter himself with any Essential service from the Backward, unwilling and lukewarm. Two hundred men, in addition to the Command to the three hundred, already ordered. The officer of the day to visit the Hospitals, and see that they are kept in Proper Order, and that the Q’r-Master attend to keeping the Quarters in Barracks and the Camp Clean; also see that there is Tar kept in; also a portion burnt in Hospitals every day, as the Physician shall Decree; that a fatigue of one Sub[altern] and 25 [men] be sent to Repair the Causeway to-morrow.

 

AFTER ORDERS.

The two hundred men ordered this morning is to be completed with ammunition at Revelley Beating, when they will Receive their Orders on the Parade.

Given by Order THOS. BULLETT, D. A. G.

 

SUFFOLK, April 26, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Lee.

Officer for the Day, Lieut. Tibbs.

All the Effective men at this Post to Parade before the Encampment with their Arms and Accoutrements at 5 o’Clock this Evening. Six Camp Colour men, under the Direction of a Serg’t, to Clean out the Church and the Doors of Colo. Reid’s quarters.

All the sick who are able to walk to appear at the Hospital at half after four.

 

SUFFOLK, April 27, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Quebec.

Officer for the Day, Lieut. Hooe. Officer for the Day to-morrow, Lt. Sanford.

A subaltern Officer and Two Sergeants with 30 R. and file to mount Guard to-morrow. The Quarter Masters to attend with 24 men, if the Camp C. Men are not sufficient, and see that there are necessary houses made, different Hospitals and for the Camp.

A Court Martial od the Line is to be held immediately for the trial of the Soldiers Confin’d.

Capt. Mead, President.

Lieut. Sanford, Lieut. Holcom.

Lieut. Russell, Lieut. Culp.

Officer of the Guard to-morrow, Lt. Russell.

 

SUFFOLK, April 28th, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Montreal.

Officer of the Day to-morrow, Capt. Mead.

The Troops be Paraded at 5 o’Clock in front of the Camp, and the Prisoners try’d yesterday brought out, when the Sentence of the Court Martial will be executed. The Officer for the day to Examine how yesterday’s Orders Relative to Necessary Houses are Executed. He is likewise to visit the Hospitals and men’s Quarters, and Report the State of them to the Commanding Officer. He may assure the men that they will be Confined if they do not keep their Quarters Sweet and Clean.

Officer for the Guard to-morrow, Lt. Early.

 

SUFFOLK, April 29th, 1776.

G. O. Parole-New York.

Officer for the day to-morrow, Capt. Barnwell.

The Quarter Master to see that the Commissary dispatches the waggons with provisions to Brickell’s, and as soon as the weather permits, a Court Martial of the line to set immediately for the tryal of all Soldiers Confined in the Guard House.

Capt. Barnwell, President.

Lieut. Jones, Lieut. Rucker,

Lieut. Hite, Lieut. Culp, Members.

Officer for Guard to-morrow, Lieut. Hite.

 

SUFFOLK, April 30, 1776.

Parole-Philadelphia.

G. O.-Officer for the Day to-morrow, Capt. Westfall.

R. O.-Officer for Guard to-morrow, Ensign Jiggett.

After Orders.-Gen’l Lee, from the little is seen of the want of Regularity observed by the Troops of Virginia in marching, cannot help Expressing his surprise and Concern, as this irregularity must not only be attended with danger to the Troops themselves, unless the Enemy are more stupidly inactive than we can suppose, but throws Temptation into the way of the Soldier to annoy, Plunder and Insult the Inhabitants.

It is, therefore, the Gen’l’s positive Orders, that for the future, every Corps on their March, whether the Corps be great or small, should make it an establish’d Rule to close their march with a Rear Guard, proportion’d to the strength of the Corps, who are to see to and bring up all the stragglers as well as prevent any Disorderly behaviour from them.

 

SUFFOLK, May 5th, 1776.

Parole-Washington.

G. O.-Officer for the Day To-morrow, Lt. Rucker.

Colo. Stephens, will [give] five pounds Each for the deserters of the Second Reg’t that went off last night, if brought in Suffolk. The detachment at Kendrick’s mill are to be Reliev’d to-morrow morning by a Subaltern, 1 Serg’t and 24 privates.

R.O.-Officer for the detachment, Ensign Wood.

Officer for the G’d to Night, Lt. Marks.

Officer G’d to morrow, Lieut. Holcom.

After Orders.-Gen’l Lee Presents his Compliments to Colo. Stevens; begs leave to Inform him the Cross-way is so very bad that when he considers the Troops are so nigh, is really a matter that might be reflected on. He desires a Capt. And fifty men may be sent immediately over and finish it off before they return.

The Returns, it’s to be hoped, will be attended to by the field officers, as it cannot be supposed the Inferior officers of them can be acquainted with making them out except [with] Instructions.

THOS. BULLETT, D. A. G.

 

SUFFOLK, May 2d, 1776.

Parole-Putnam.

G. O.-Officer for the day to-morrow, Lieut. Jones.

A Capt., 2 Sub’s and 50 men to be Ready to Night to march in the Morning, with 2 days’ Provisions.

R. O.-Officer for the Detachment, Capt. Barnard, Lt. Hooe, Lt. Russell. Officer for G’d to Night, Lieut. Sandford. Officer for G’d to-morrow, Lieut. Early.

 

SUFFOLK, May 3d, 1776.

Parole-Smithfield.

G. O.-Officer for the day to-morrow, Capt. Mead. 1 Sub., 2 Serg’ts and 25 R. and file, active men, capable of marching well, well-appointed with arms and ammunition, to get Ready to march to Sleepy hole this afternoon. No Soldier to enter of the Marine Service without Leave of the Commanding officer. A Court Martial of the line to set immediately for the tryal of the Soldiers confined in the Guard House.

R. O.-Capt. Westfall, President.

Lieut. Marks, Lieut. Rucker,

Lieut. Hite, Ensign Wood,

Officer for the detachment, Lieut. Culp. Officer for the Guard, Lt. Hite.

 

SUFFOLK, May 4th, 1776.

Parole-Hampton.

Officer for the day to-morrow, Lieut. Hite. Guards as usual. Officer for the Guard to-morrow, Lieut. Rinker.

 

SUFFOLK, May 5th, 1776.

G. O.

Officer for the Day to-morrow, Capt. Barnard.

Any Soldier or others found walking the streets after 9 o’Clock are to be sent Immediately to the guard house. The officer of the G’d will see that these Orders be given to the Sentries when put on their Post in the Evening.

R. O. Officer for the Guard to-morrow, Ensign Wood. Guard as usual.

 

SUFFOLK, May 6th, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Washington.

Officer for the Day to-morrow, Capt. Anderson.

The Commanding Officer of each Company at this Post is desired to have their Vittlen Return Given in to the Quarter Master by 2 o’Clock this afternoon. The Returns are all to be made out to the 10th of this Month.

R. O. Officer for G’d to-morrow, Lt. Marks.

 

SUFFOLK, May 7th, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Portsmouth.

The Troops at this post, for the future, are to parade for Exercise every morning by Sun Rise at the Gen’l Parade, where Adj’t Blackburn will attend them.

A Court Martial of the line to Sit Immediately for the tryal of the Soldiers Confined in the G’d House.

Capt. Stubblefield, President.

Lieut. Sandford, Lieut. Hite,

Lieut. Fowler, Lieut. Fauntleroy, Members.

R. O. Officer for Guard to-morrow, Lieut. Fowler.

 

SUFFOLK, May 8th, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Wynnen.

Officer of the day to-morrow, Capt. Westfall. Officer for this day, Lieut. Sandford.

A Court Martial of the line to Sit Immediately for the tryal of the Soldiers Confined in the G’d House.

Capt. Anderson, President.

Lieut. Dudley, Lieut. Culp,

Lieut. Goggings, Ensign Wood.

R. O. Officer for G’d to-morrow, Lieut. Goggings.

 

SUFFOLK, May 9th, 1776.

G. O. Parole-York.

Officer for the day to-morrow, Capt. Barnard.

The Quarter Master to lay off the Camp in a Regular Manner under the direction of Lt. Col. Scott. A Guard of one Sub., 1 Serg’t and 25 Rank and file to be mounted in Camp. The Companies are supplied with tents to encamp without Distinction.

A Court Martial od the line to sett Immediately for the Tryal of the Soldiers Confined in the Guard House.

Capt. Barnard, President.

Lieut. Riddick, Lt. Ricker,

Lieut. Fowler, Ensign Duval.

R. O. Officers for the day to-morrow, Lieut. Gillam and Lieut. Rogers.

 

SUFFOLK, May 10, 1776.

Parole-Norfolk.

G. O. Officer for the Day to-morrow, Lt. Fauntleroy.

R. O. Officer for the Guard to-morrow, Ensign Duval.

The Officers of the 2d Reg’t, Comm’d’g Companies, are Desired to collect their Tents together immediately, in order to encamp.

A. O. All officers absent from their Regiments, as well as all None-Com’d officers and Soldiers on Furlows, immediately to join their Respective Regiments. The Colonels are to send three Sub’ns, Each Sub’n to have a Serg’t or Corp’l with him and three Privates, to Recruit for their Respective Reg’ts. It is once more Repeated that no Native of Great Britain or Ireland, unless they [have] Connection in this Country, and some Character, are to be accepted. When the Regiments are once all together, the Colonels, and not the Different Captains, are to make out the Pay Rolls, and Warrants to be granted accordingly.

Ascertain No. of entrenching tools will be delivered to Each Reg’t. The No. of the Reg’t will be mark’d on the Iron Part of the Tools, and the Colo. to be Responsible for them. The Spears to be Mark’d in Like Manner.

By Order of General C. Lee, C. S. D.

 

SUFFOLK, May 11th, 1776.

Parole-Roebuck.

G. O. Officer of the Day To-morrow, Capt. Anderson.

Particular Care to be taken by the Officers Commanding Companies, that all men fit for Duty and off Guard, unless it may be Necessary for one or Two to Look after the Clothes in their Tents, to attend the exercise every morning and afternoon. The men from each Corps to be march’d to the Parade by the adjutant, or, in his absence, by an Officer. The men for Guard to be Paraded by the Adjutant in the same manner. Two Sub’ns, 3 Serg’ts, 3 Corp’s and 48 Privates, to mount Guard at the Camp.

A detachment from the Guard to the Hospital, and an advance Guard. The Drummers to Perform Duty in Front of the Camp.

A Court Martial of the Line to Sett immediately for the Trial of the Soldiers Confined in the Guard House.

President of the Court Martial Capt. Westfall.

Lt. Sanford, Ensign Wood, Lt. Gillam,

Lt. Fowler, Lt. Riddick, Ensign Watkins.

Lt. Rogers, Lt. Goggin,

R. O. Officers for Guard to-morrow. Desired the Return Immediately.

A. O. A Court Martial of the Line to Sit immediately for the Trial of the Soldiers Confined in the G’d House.

Capt. Anderson, Pres’d’t.

Lt. Russell, Lt. Dudley,

Lt. Hite, Ensign Parker, Members.

 

SUFFOLK, May 15th, 1776.

G. O. Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Darke.

A Court Martial of the Line to Sit immediately for the Trial of Soldiers Confined in the Guard House.

President, Capt. Stephenson.

Lt. Claiborne, Lt. Fowler,

Lt. Rogers, Lt. Rinker, Members.

 

SUFFOLK, May 16, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Port Royal.

Officer for this Day, Capt. Anderson.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Lieut. Sandford.

Officer for the Guard To-morrow, Ensign Duval.

Two Adjutants, Two Corp’ls and Twenty-Two Privates From the Fifth Reg’t for Pickett to-Night and Guard To-morrow.

 

SUFFOLK, May 17th, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Petersburg.

Officer For the Day To-morrow, Capt. Terrell.

All of the 2d Reg’t at this Post, and Capt. Bernard and his Comp’y of the 5th Reg’t, to March to Kemp’s Landing. The Fourth and Fifth Regiments to Relieve the Second of Guard this Evening.

 

SUFFOLK, May 18th, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Clinton.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Bernard.

Officer for the Guard To-morrow, Lt. Fowler.

Two Serg’ts, two Corp’ls and twenty-four privates from the 5th Reg’t, one Serg’t, one Corp’l and Eighteen privates to take Post at Court house, the same number to be warn’d for Picket Guard. A Return of the Ammunition at this post to be maid to the Commanding officer, and what arms and accoutrements are wanting for the Fourth and Fifth Reg’ts present. N. B.-The Morning Reports to be sign’d by the Commanding officers of each Comp’y before they are given in.

 

SUFFOLK, May 19th, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Norfolk.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Lieut. Fauntleroy.

The Soldiers to go to Church immediately.

Officer for Guard to-morrow, Lieut. Gillam.

 

SUFFOLK, May 20th, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Pitt.

Officer for the day to-morrow, Capt. Barnard.

R. O. A Court Martial for the line to sit immediately for the Trial of Soldiers Confined in the Guard House.

Capt. Terrill, President.

Lieut. Hamlin, Lieut. Reed,

Lieut. Dudley, Ensign Du Val, Members.

Officer for Guard to-morrow, Ensign Watkins.

 

SUFFOLK, May 21, 1776.

GEN’L ORDERS. Parole-Berkeley.

Officer for the Day to morrow, Captain Pleasants.

The Returns of Arms and Ammunition, Smiths, &c., per the 18th to be immediately given in. The Sergeants to attend their Men for Guard to the General Parade every Morning and Evening, and Answer for any Thing Amiss or Wanting.

Regimental Orders.-Officer for Guard To-morrow, Lieutenant Hamlin.

 

SUFFOLK, May 22nd, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Montreal.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Terrell.

The Soldiers’ Arms at this Post which Cannot be Drawn to be Shot off at a Targett betweer the Hours of 11 and 2 o’Clock this Day; the fire Lock of the men who mount Guard hereafter to be Loaded with Running Balls, which the Officers are to see frequently Drawn, and the Ammunition Taken Good Care of when they Come off Guard. Every Soldier to appear upon the Parade with a Sham Flint During the Time of Exercise only.

R. O. Officer of Guard To-morrow, Ensign Ashton.

 

SUFFOLK, May 23rd, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Woodford.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Ball.

Officers of the 4th and 5th Reg’ts are desired to be Perticular Attentive in Seeing that their Men have their Guns well Cleaned to-Day, and Put in the Best order. The Officers are Likewise Desired to make their men fire their Guns off, that have been Long Loaded.

R. O. Officer for Guard To-morrow, Lt. Minor.

A. O. The Men that Came in Last Night are to parade when the Long Roll Beats, and the men to appear with Sham Flints, and When on Guard Load with Running Balls.

 

SUFFOLK, May 24th, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Harmony.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Anderson.

The Q’r-Masters of the Different Reg’ts are Request’d immediately to take two men from Each Comp’y out of their Respective Reg’ts, and employ them in Making Cartridges. The Q’r-Masters will see that they are well made, and of Different Sizes. No Soldier hereafter will attempt to walk the Streets after the Tattoo Beating. The Guard at the Court House to be increased, and a Sub’n.

R. O. Officers for Guard To-morrow, Lt. Colston, Lt. Anderson.

 

SUFFOLK, May 25th, 1776.

R. O. Parole-Norfolk.

Officer for the day To-morrow, Capt. Gaskins.

Whereas; the Commanding Officer is informed that Contrary to the Sence of the Continental Congress, to the sence of the Virginia Convention, and contrary to the Custom of all Associations in America, the Scandalous practice of Gaming is unhappily introduced among the Virginia Forces, It is ordered that every Officer, who is so much Lost to his own and Countrie’s Interest as to Follow this Practice, be put under an Arrest, and Continue a Prisoner until the Convention Gives Orders that he be Dismiss’d from the Army.

R. O. Officer for Guard To-morrow, Lt. Ashton.

 

KEMP’S LANDING, May 30th, 1776.

G. O.

The Gentlemen Officers of the Fourth and Fifth Reg’ts to do duty, and no others, as the first is preparing to march.

A Court Martial of the Fifth Reg’t is to be held at 12 o’Clock, to try the Drum-Major of the fifth Regiment.

Capt. Anderson, President.

Lt. Fauntleroy, Lt. Dudley,

Lt. Mosely, Ensign Beal, Members.

 

KEMP’S LANDING, May 31, 1776.

R. O.

The Capts. of the 4th and 5th Reg’ts are desired to parade the Comp’ys at the Beating of the Drum to-day, in order to be mustered by the Muster Master Gen’l of the Southern District, and exact lists of the names of their men and any on Command, the diferent Post to be mentioned. A Detachment of 55 men R. and file, be be immediately Drafted from the Diferent Comp’ys under the Command of 2 Sub. and five Sergeants.

 

NORFOLK, June 4th, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Camp.

The Captains are Desired to Repair to the General Encampment with their Companies by 10 o’Clock To-morrow, in order to Join the Reg’t. The Linen Tents to be Equally divided among the Captains, by the Q’r. Master Serg’t. No officers or soldiers to Cross the River without Leave of the Commanding officer. A Guard to be immediately warned to Consist of a Capt., Two L’ts, one Ensign, Four Serg’ts and sixty privates. The officers thereof, Capt. Stubblefield, Lt. Fauntleroy, Lt. Colston and Ensign Tompkins, which are to parade at the General Encampment by an Hour by Sun this Evening, well arm’d and accouted in Every Respect.

 

NORFOLK, June 5th, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Rangers.

It being the misfortune of the 5th Reg’t to have no place of Residence, but to be marching about without Either Colo. or Maj’r, or indeed anything to midigate or soften the inconvenience Naturally arising, it becomes more immediately Necessary that the officers of the Different Companies should exert their abilities in every respect in order to prevent any Negligence or indifference in the Soldiers to obtain Military Knowledge, as also to endeavor to surpprise both our Friends and Enemies by doing more than could be expected under these inconveniences. The Malencoly Prospect before our Eyes of the Ruins of the once Happy and Flourishing Town, it is hoped, it will instill into our minds a proper Sence of Humanity, So as to prevent any destruction of the Small Necessaries which may remain yet for the unfortunate; but unhappy am I to find many of the Soldiers have not thought of this, but, on the Contrary, pull Down the Frames of Houses and Gardens that might have easily been rendered Very serviceable. Sixty men for Piquet to Might and Guard To-morrow, with one Capt., 2 Sub’ns and 2 Serg’ts. A Fatigue to be warn’d this Evening, to Consist of 36 Privates, a Sub., and 3 serg’ts.

Officer for the Day to-day, Lt. Fauntleroy. Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Stubblefield. Officers for Piquet, Capt. Pleasants, Lt. Anderson, Ensign Beal. Officer for Fatigue, Ensign Colston.

 

NORFOLK, June 6th, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Vigilance.

As it is Nessisary that Boats should always be kept in Readiness for many obvious occations, it is ordered that all Boats that may be Carried from this Side of the River which are in the Service of the Army Shall be Returned and Secured at the County Warf in futer. The Respective Captains are to make out Their Provision Returns this Evening before the Drawing Day and give then to the Q’r Master or his Serg’t, that he may make out a Gen’l one, it being very improper to be sending perpetually a Cross the River singularly. 2 Camp Coular-men to be immediately appointed from Each Company. A Detachment of 24 Men immediately to be drafted under the Comm’d of Lt. Towles and Ensign Edwards and Two Serg’ts, which are to Repair to the Gen’l Parade.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Gaskins. Officers for Guard, Capt. Anderson, Lt. Colston and Ensign Winslow. Officer for Fatigue, Lt. Fauntleroy.

 

NORFOLK, June 7, 1776.

G. O.

The Commanding Officers of the Different Comp’ys are to make out a State of their Arms, Ammunition and accoutrements in Every Respect, and to Give in a Return of the Same this Evening.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Pleasants. Officers for Piquet and Guard, Capt. Bernard, Lt. Eggleston, Lt. McReynolds, Ensign Tompkins. Officer for Fatigue, Lt. Bentley.

 

NORFOLK, June 8th, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Success.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Anderson.

A Detachment of One Sub’n, Two Serg’ts and 30 Privates to hold themselves in Readiness to march by 10 o’Clock To-morrow to Relieve the Detachment at Kemp’s. Also a Detachment of One Sub’n, Two Serg’ts and 25 Privates to hold themselves in readiness to march at the Same Time to Relieve the Detachment at the Pleasure House. It seems but little Regard has been paid to the Order Relating to the River or Taking a Boat from the Warf without Leave, Shall be Tried for a Disobedience of Orders.

The Officers of the Different Companies to appear at the Calling of the Roll, morning and Evening. A General Court Marshal to be held To-morrow at 10 o’Clock, for the Trial of the Prisoners confined in the Guard House.

Capt. Stubblefield, President.

Capt. Pleasants, Capt. Gaskins,

Capt. Anderson, Lieut. Dudley,

Lt. Colston, Lieut. Anderson,

Lt. Eggleston, Lieut. McReynolds,

Ensign Beal, Ensign Winslow,

Ensign Tompkins, Ensign Edwards, Members.

R. O.-Officers for Guard To-morrow, Capt. Terrell, Lt. Towles, Lt. Bentley, Ensign Ashton.

Officers for detachment, Lt. Fauntleroy, Lt. Minor.

 

NORFOLK, June 9th, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Read.

Officer for the Day, Capt. Bernard.

The Orders of yesterday for Holding a Gen’l Court Martial be postponed for want of proper officers. Guards as yesterday – former orders for Regulating the Camp be observed – no officer or Soldier to fire a Gun Except when found Necessary on Duty. The Q’r Master Serg’t to have Necessary Convenient Houses for the Soldiers, at a proper Distance from the Camp. A Serg’t and Seven Carpenters for Fatigue To-morrow to Build Barrack for the Commanding officer. Officers for Guard To-morrow, Lt. Anderson, Ensign Beal and Ensign Edwards. Officers for Fatigue, Ensign Winslow and Ensign Watkins.

 

NORFOLK, June 10th, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Lewis.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Terrill. The officers of the Guard are to be particular in Future in Instructing the Centries not to fire at or stop any vessel Coming from Portsmouth, or to fire at any Vessel without Great Reason for suspicion. The Long Roll to Beat at 5 o’Clock this Evening for a general Parade. A Court Martial to set Immediately at Capt. Anderson’s for the Trial of the Prisoners in the Guard House.

President, Capt. Stubblefield,

Lt. Towles, Lt. Eggleston,

Lt. Bentley, Ensign Tompkins, Members.

Officers for Guard To-morrow, Lt. McIlhany, Lt. Ashton, Ensign Smith.

 

NORFOLK, June 11th, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Parker.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Stubblefield.

Officers in Futer are to keep with their Respective Guards, and not to allow more than two men to be absent at a Time therefrom, and such not more than a Hour at a Time; all orders Relative to the Men are to be Read at the Heads of the Companies at the Calling of the Roll of Evenings. The Articles of War to be Read to the Reg’t on the Gen’l Parade this Evening – the Companies allways to Repair to the Place of General Parade at the Beating of the Long Roll. Officers for Guard, Lt. Dudley, Lt. Laine, Lt. Kendol. Officer for Fatigue, Ensign Ashton.

 

NORFOLK, June 12th, 1776.

G. O. Parole-Mugford.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Pleasants. A Court Martial to sit To-day at Capt. Anderson’s House at 10 o’Clock, for the Trial of the Drum Major, Prisoner in the Guard House.

Capt. Gaskins, President.

Lt. Colston, Lt. Anderson,

Lt. Ashton, Ensign Duval.

A. O.

The Q’r-Master is immediately to Divide what Cartridges he has among the Different Companies, and also to Issue 1/4 lb. Powder, and Lead Equivalent thereto, to the Rifle Men; the Cartridges to be suited to the Boars of the Guns. The Commanders of Companies to see that their arms are in the Best order. The long Roll to beat at 1 o’Clock, and the Companies to Parade, as there is a Report of an Enemy in the Bay. It is expected the officers and Soldiers will hold them Selves in Readiness to act in Conjunction with the Troops at Portsmouth to oppose their Landing.

 

NORFOLK, June 13th, 1776.

Parole-Hampton.

Officer of the Day To-morrow, Capt. Anderson.

The Commanders of Comp’ys are Earnestly Desirious to See that they be Drill’d Every Day, and it is too obvious that they make an indifferent Figure upon the Gen’l Parade. It is hoped all the Care and Pain will be Taken in Futer to Render the Reg’t Respectable. The Q’r-Master is to Take as many men from Each Comp’y as it may Want to Expedite the making Cartridges. The Long Roll to Beat at 4 o’Clock this Evening, which will in Future be the Establish’d Time for a Gen’l Parade.

Officers for Guard To-morrow, Lt. Goggin, Lt. Towles, Lt. Bentley.

Officer for Fatigue, Lt. Ashton.

 

NORFOLK, June 14th, 1776.

Parole-Decency.

As it Contributes Greatly to the Credit of a Reg’t to appear Clean and Decent, Particularly on the Gen’l Parade, it is expected that the officers in future will at least see that their men are so at Such Times, or as mush so as their Circumstances will admit. It is also expected that the Guard will at Troop Beating appear in a Like manner.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Barnard.

Officers for Guard, Lt. Ashton, Lt. McReynolds, Lt. Lane.

Officer for Fatigue, Ensign Beal.

 

NORFOLK, June 15th, 1776.

Parole-Crawford.

The Q’r-Master is to be More Particular in making the Necessary holes, and to have a sufficient Number of them, which are to be Cover’d with Dirt once in Two Days. * * *

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Russell.

A Court Martial to be Held at 11 o’Clock for the Trial of the Prisoners in the Guard House.

Capt. Anderson, President; Lt. Eggleston, Lt. Kendall, Lt. Goggin and Lt. McIlhany, members.

Officers for Guard To-morrow, Ensign Duval, Ensign Edwards and Ensign Tompkins.

Officer for Fatigue, Ensign Ashton.

 

NORFOLK, June 16th, 1776.

Parole-Crawford.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Gaskins.

Officers for Guard, Ensign Ashton, Ensign Watkins, Ensign Smith.

 

NORFOLK, June 17th, 1776.

Parole-Mercer.

Officer of the Day To-morrow, Capt. Anderson.

A Detachment, consisting of one Sub., 2 Serg’ts, and 30 Privates, to get in readiness immediately to march to Kemp’s, to Relieve the Detachment there; also one to consist of a Sub., 2 Serg’ts, and 25 Privates, to Relieve that at the Pleasure-House.

A Court Martial to be held at 10 o’Clock for the Trial of the Prisoners in the Guard-House. Such as are to be tried by a Gen’l Court Martial to be sent to Portsmouth immediately.

President, Capt. Barnard; Lt. Eggleston, Lt. Ashton, Lt. Bentley and Lt. McIlhany, members.

Officers for Detachment : Lt. Dudley, Lt. Colston.

Officers for Guard, Lt. Anderson, Lt. Goggin, Lt. Kendall.

For Detachment 7 Privates.

 

NORFOLK, June 18th, 1776.

Parole-Mercer.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Bernard.

Officers for Guard, Lt. Ashton, Lt. McReynolds, Lt. Layne.

Privates for Piquet 8, and a Corporal.

 

NORFOLK, June 19th, 1776.

Parole-Bencher.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Stubblefield.

A Court Martial to sit immediately for the Trial of all the Soldiers in the Guard-House.

Capt. Stubblefield, President; Lt. Minor, Ensign Ashton, Lt. Eggleston and Ensign Watkins, members.

Officers for Guard To-morrow, Ensign DuVal, Ensign Edwards, Ensign Tompkins.

Officer for Fatigue, Ensign Ashton; 10 Privates and 1 Serg’t for Guard.

 

NORFOLK, June 20th, 1776.

Parole-Stevens.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Pleasants.

All the Officers and Soldiers to hold themselves in Readiness for Parade at 4 o’Clock, in order that they may perfect themselves as quick as Possible in the Manual Exercises, Manoeuvres, &c. It is expected that the Soldiers will appear as clean as Possible, and that their arms will be in Good Order. It is further Desired that no trifling Excuse will prevent Officers or Soldiers from appearing every day, agreeable to order, and that all orders hitherto excused, Respecting the Parading Guard, &c., and attending Every Call, will be strictly observed, and that Cleanlyness will be observed in Camp.

Signed W. CRAWFORD

Officers for Guard To-morrow, Ensign Tompkins, Ensign Ashton, Ensign Watkins. For Piquet, 1 Serg’t, 1 Corp’l and 10 Privates.

 

NORFOLK, June 21, 1776.

Parole-Stephens.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Gaskins. Officers for the Guard, Lieutenant Fauntleroy, Lieut. Dudley, Ensign Smith.

 

NORFOLK, June 22, 1776.

Parole-Stephens.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Anderson. Officers for Guard, Lieut. Kendall, Lieut. Minor and Lieut. Eggleston.

After Orders.-An Orderly Sergeant to attend Head Quarters every day. As the Orders of yesterday have not been observed as to cleanliness, it is now expected that the Ground our Encampment stands will be Cleaned out, and that in future nothing will be allowed within one hundred yards of the barracks, and that all Refuses of Meat, Bones, &c., be Carried that Distance from the Camp.

 

NORFOLK, June 23rd, ’76.

GENERAL ORDERS. Parole-Smithfield.

From frequent Alarms for very Trivial Occasions, we are taught to believe that Centinels Wantonly fire without sufficient cause; it is hereafter to be noticed that Enquiry will be made upon every Alarm, and shou’d it be proved that Wantonness or Inattention should be the Cause, they will be most Certainly Punished. We find in the 21st Article of War, where it declares that no Centinel shall sleep on his post, has not been attended to. In future the Soldier may be assured that for this offence no excuse shall be taken notice of. That the Orderly Sergeants Read all Orders with Respect to their Soldiers. The Order for yesterday for an Orderly Sergeant has not been attended to. It is once more Expected that the Officers will, with their Companies, Every Day at 4 o’Clock P. M., on the parade, to go through the Necessary Evolutions, &c. Shou’d any officer be taken Notice of for neglecting this Necessary piece of Duty the Commanding Officer must be Excus’d for Noticing it. Guards as usual.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Lieut. Bentley, Lieut. Ashton and Lieut. McReynolds.

 

NORFOLK, June 24th, 1776.

Parole-Portsmouth.

A Subaltern, Two Serjants, Thirty Men and Seven Days’ provisions to march to Kempe’s to relieve the Guard down there. Also a Subaltern, Two Serjants and Twenty-Five Men to March also at 10 o’Clock, with 7 days’ provisions, to Relieve the guard at the pleasure House. A Fatigue of a Sergeant and six men to Erect an Arbour over the Commanding Officer’s Barracks, as well as the other Officers who may desire it. A Regimental Court Martial to set at 11 o’Clock for the trial of the prisoners in the Guard House. Guards and General Orders as usual.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Russell. Officers for detachment, Lieut. Lane and Ensign Duval. Officers for Guard, Ensign Edwards, Ensign Tompkins and Ensign Ashton.

Members for the Court Martial, Capt. Pleasants, President; Lieut. Kendall, Lieut. Dudley, Lieut. Minor, Lieut. Eggleston.

 

NORFOLK, June 25th, 1776.

Parole-Stephens.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Stubblefield.

A Serjant and 6 men to attend the Quarter Master, to bring Plank to make Centry Boxes. A Regimental Court Martial to set to Day at Eleven o’Clock for the trial of prisoners in the Guard House. Capt. Gaskins, President; Lieut. Bentley, Lieut. Ashton, Lieut. McReynolds and Ensign Duval, members.

Officer for Guard To-morrow, Ensign Duval.

After Orders for June 25th, 1776.-The Captains in Command of each Company are desired instantly to give in an Exact account of their arms and accoutrements, whether they be musquets or common small guns, the number of Rifles fit or unfit for duty, how they are fix’d for Molds, &c.; in short, to give as an Exact account as Possible of the weakness of our Regiment.

 

NORFOLK, June 26th, 1776.

Parole-Stephens.

Officer for the day To-morrow, Capt. Pleasants. Officer for Guard, Ensign Smith.

 

NORFOLK, June 27th, 1776.

Parole-Washington.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Gaskins. Officer for Guard, Lieut. Fauntleroy. A Fatigue of a Sergeant and six men, to Erect a Quarter Master’s Store; also a Fatigue of a Corporal and six men to Collect Nails from the Ruins of the Town and other useful articles for Building, and to prevent other people carrying them off.

The Centinels at the Wharf are Not to Suffer any Boat to be taken from thence Without the Approbation of the Commanding Officer in Writing, nor then if but one Boat should be Left there without first informing the Commander of their being only one present. The Quarter Master to attend each drawing day at the Time of Issuing provision, and see to its being Holesome and proper Food For the Soldiers. Capt. Pleasants, Capt. Anderson and Capt. Russell to Examine into the Sutler’s Liquors and Set a proper Value on them, in order that he may not Extort from the soldiers; the Sutler not to Sell any Liquor after Tatoo Beating, on Pain of Punishment.

 

NORFOLK, June 28th, 1776.

Parole-Lee.

Officer for the Day To-morrow, Capt. Anderson. Officer for Guard, Lieut. Dudley. A Regimental Court Martial to Sit Immediately for the Trial of Thomas Melso, at Capt. Russel’s Tent, By 11 o’Clock.

President, Capt. Russell; Lieut. Dudley, Lieut. Bentley, Lt. Minor, Ensign Edwards, members.

The Soldiers to emply themselves till 4 o’Clock in puting their arms in order. Then to attend the Parade, and the Serjeants are to take Notice that no Frivolous Excuse will be taken should the soldiers Neglect that Necessary piece of Duty.

 

NORFOLK, June 29th, 1776.

Parole-Norfolk

Officer for the Day to-morrow, Capt. Russell. Officer for Guard, Lieut. Anderson. The orders of yesterday with Report to arms are to be taken notice of Dayly, as well as parade. As Gaming is predjudicial to Society, and more particular in Camp, Notice is to be taken that from this Time, No Officer or Soldier, on any pretence whatsoever, is to Game within the Line of Encampment. It is expected that this will Evade any Excuse on that head Hereafter. However cautious a person may be when it is practic’d, at a time he may be led to bet a small Sum, from which Large ones too Generally Ensue.

After Orders.-A Regimental Court Martial, for the trial of John Bullinton, of Capt. Pleasants’ company, for Fighting. Capt. Stubblefield, President; Lieut. Fauntleroy, Ensign Beal, Lieut. Bentley, Ensign Smith, Members.

 

NORFOLK, June 30th, 1776.

Parole-Beauty.

Officer for the day to-morrow, Capt. Stubblefield. Officer for Guard, Lieut. Minor. One subaltern and thirty men, with Seven days’ provisions, to Relieve the Detachment at Kemp’s. One Subaltern, Seventy-Five Men to Relieve the Detachment at the Pleasure House, with seven days’ provisions. Officers for Detachment, Lt. Eggleston, Lieut. Bentley.

 NORFOLK, July 1st, 1776.

Parole-Beauty.

Officer for the day to-morrow, Capt. Pleasants. Officer for Guard, Lieut. Minor.

 

NORFOLK, July 2d, 1776.

Parole-Smithfield.

Officer for the day to-morrow, Capt. Gaskins. Officer for Guard, Lieut. Bentley. A Subaltern and Twenty-Five Privates, a sergeant and 6 Corporals for Fatigue to work on the Fortifications Erecting at Portsmouth, to go over Instantly. Officer for Fatigue, Lieut. Ashton.

 

NORFOLK, July 3d, 1776.

Parole-Smithfield.

Officer for the day to-morrow, Capt. Russell. Officer for Guard, Lt. Ashton.

After Orders.-As the Adjutant is unwell, it is desired that the different Companies be drill’d this Evening at 5 o’Clock; also that the officers See their Arms are kept in good order.

GEO. STUBBLEFIELD.

 

NORFOLK, July 4th, 1776.

Parole-Portsmouth.

Officer for the day to-morrow, Capt. Stubblefield. Officer for Guard, Lieut. McReynolds. A Sergeant and Ten men to parade and march, by 11 o’Clock, to the Pleasure House, and from thence to Cape Henry, to Carry three Days’ provisions. Serg’t Carter to act as Drill Sergeant, who is to Examine well into the Arms, as, in futer, all defects in the Arms and Accoutrements will be lodged in Him.

 

NORFOLK, July 5th, ’76.

Parole-Turtle.

Officer for the Day to-morrow, Captain Pleasants. Officer for Guard, Lieut. Lane.

 

NORFOLK, July 6th, ’76.

Parole-Punch.

Officer for the day to-morrow, Captain Gaskins. Officer for Guard, Ensign Ashton. A Fatigue of four men to go for plank to Finish the Encampment. Guards and Centinels as usual. From the small number of men appearing on the Parade, I am taught to believe that the Officers Neglect their duty So far as to suffer the Soldiers to make Trifling excuses, by which means duty is Neglected. In futer it is Expected that an Officer from each Comp’y will attend and See the Roll Call’d, and fine every absentee who has not Sufficient Excuse. Should this Necessary piece of duty be Neglected, The Commanding officer of the Comapny must Expect to be Notice [sic]. At the same time they are to See that they do not appear without their Necessary Accoutrements. This Order must be attend[ed] to, as it will not be repeated. Parade every fair day at 4 o’Clock. Wednesdays and Saturdays must be Considered as field days, when it is Expected Officers and Soldiers will Appear as decent as possible. Regimental uniform : Red, faced with Green, Yellow Buttons, white wescoat and Breeches, or Hunting Shirt.

 

NORFOLK, July 7th, 1776.

Parole-Lee.

Officer for the day to-morrow, Captain Russell. Officer for Guard, Ensign Ashton. A Detachment of one Subaltern, ten Serg’ts, two Corporals, and twenty-five privates, to march Instantly and Relieve the Guard at the pleasure-House, the officers to make use of the Orders in the Hands of the Officers, who he Relieves, to Supply the Sergeant at the Cape with his Share of provisions. A detachment of one Subaltern, two Sergeants, two Corporals, with Thirty privates, to march to-morrow at 9 o’Clock, and Relieve the Guard at Kemp’s Landing.

 

NORFOLK, July 8th, ’76.

Parole-Lewis.

Officer for the day to-morrow, Capt. Ball. Officer for Guard, Ensign Watkins. A Fatigue of [a] Subalton, two Sergeants, 1 Corporal and twenty-five privates, to attend to morrow at 9 o’Clock, in order to assist in the works at Portsmouth. This Fatigue to Continue until Further Orders. As attention has been Slack with Respect to the Boats at the Wharf, it is Ordered that in futer that no Centinel Suffer a Boat to go from this Side without a Writen permission from the Commanding Officer. The Officer of the day, who it’s Expected, will make a Report Each morning of the Boats at the Wharf, Guards, Centinels, &c., as issued. The back Streets of our Encampment are not in as Clean order as the Commanding officer Expected; He therefore Expects to find it in more decent order very shortly. Officer for Fatigue, Lt. McReynolds.

 

NORFOLK, July 9, 1776.

Parole-Lewis.

Officer for the day To-morrow, Capt. Stubblefield. Do. for Guard, Lt. Fauntleroy. Officer for Fatigue, Lt. Lane.

 

NORFOLK, July 10, ’76.

Parole-Industry. Counter Sine, Blank.

Officer for the Day to-morrow, Colo. Scott. Officer for Guard to-morrow, Lt. Fowler; for Guard, 1 Sergeant, 1 Corporal and —- Privates.

 

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