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properly told off, and the supernumerary officers so posted as to keep the men to their duty. Particular care is to be taken, to prevent their firing at too great a distance, as one fire well aimed does more execution than a dozen at long-shot.
All wood-cutting parties, &c., are to join their respective Regiments until further orders. The Quartermaster-General may draw the carbines out of the Commissarys stores, and put them into the hands of the carpenters, or such others as he shall think will use them to the best advantage, taking care to return them when called for. All arms in store fit for use, may be delivered out to the Adjutant-Generals order.
The Brigadiers are to see that the arms in their several Brigades are disposed of to the best advantage, placing them in the hands only of such men as are fittest for duty; and that the spears are used as occasion shall require, to supply the defect of arms.
As it has been suggested to the General that many of the towns people, &c., influenced by a zeal for the cause of their country, are inclined to throw aid in case the Army should be called to action, the General desires that they will (to prevent any kind of confusion or disorder) join different Companies in the several Regiments, as they shall choose, or form themselves into a distinct corps, under officers of their own choosing, and put themselves under the immediate command of some Brigadier, that they may not be considered or act as an independent Company.
Two Companies of Colonel Thompsons Rifle Regiment are to march to-morrow evening to Roxbury, with their blankets, arms, and three days provisions ready dressed. The officer commanding the party will receive his orders from the Adjutant-General.
Colonel Hutchinsons and Colonel Frenchs Regiments are to march to Roxbury by sunrise on Tuesday morning, with their blankets, arms, and three days provisions ready dressed.
Head-Quarters, Cambridge, March 4, 1776.
The flag on Prospect-Hill, and that at the Laboratory on Cambridge-Common, are ordered to be hoisted only upon a general alarm; of this the whole Army is to take particular notice, and immediately upon those colours being displayed, every officer and soldier must repair to his alarm post. This is to remain a standing order until the Commander-in-Chief shall please to direct otherwise.
The several Surgeons of the Hospitals at Cambridge, and every Regimental Surgeon in the left and centre divisions of the Army, are directed to meet at five oclock this evening, at Browns Tavern, in Cambridge, to take directions from the Director-General of the Hospital relative to the immediate disposition of their sick, and in what manner they and their Mates are to be posted.
The College to be forthwith appropriated to the reception of the Regimental sick, and such as may be wounded; that suitable barracks at Prospect-Hill, or any other part of the camp which the Director-General of the Hospital shall advise, be got in immediate readiness for the reception of at least one hundred wounded, in case of need; and such a number of men as he may think sufficient be ordered to assist in carrying wounded men to the Hospital. Hand-barrows and other proper means to be provided for their removal.
Head-Quarters, Cambridge, March 5, 1776.
Head-Quarters, Cambridge, March 6, 1776.
Stephen Moylan and William Palfrey, Esqs., are appointed Aids-de-camp to his Excellency the Commander-in-Chief. They are to be obeyed as such.
Thursday, the 7th instant, being set apart by the honourable the Legislature of this Province, as a day of fasting, prayer, and humiliation, to implore the Lord and Giver of all victory to pardon our manifold sins and wickednesses, and that it would please him to bless the Continental arms with his divine favour and protection; all officers and soldiers are strictly enjoined to pay all due reverance and attention on that day to the sacred duties due to the Lord of hosts for his mercies already received, and for those blessings which our holiness and uprightness of life can alone encourage us to hope through his mercy to obtain.
The Brigadiers-General Heath and Frye to send for their respective Colonels immediately, and with them appoint the officers and soldiers from each of their Brigades, to be selected for the command under the Brigadiers-General Sullivan and Greene; to direct that they be the best and most approved soldiers; that their arms, ammunition, and accoutrements are complete, and in proper order, and the whole to be ready to turn out upon the shortest notice. General Heath to report the names of the Colonels and Field-Officers who are appointed for this service, to his Excellency as soon as possible.
Head-Quarters, Cambridge, March 7, 1776.
Head-Quarters, Cambridge, March, 8, 1776.
The General Court-Martial, of which Colonel Phinney was President, to assemble to-morrow morning, at eleven oclock, at Pomeroys Tavern, in Cambridge.
His Excellency the General returns his thanks to the Militia of the surrounding districts for their spirited and alert march to Roxbury last Saturday and Sunday, and for the noble ardour they discovered in defence of the cause of liberty and their country.
Return of Powder, Cartridges, Flints, and Buckshot, in Magazines at WINTER-HILL and PROSPECT-HILL.
In Magazine at PROSPECT-HILL.
EZEKIEL CHEEVER, Commissary of Artillery.
Cambridge, March 1, 1776.
Return of Powder at WINTER-HILL, PROSPECT-HILL, and in Ordnance Store.
EZEKIEL CHEEVER, Commissary of Artillery.
Cambridge, March 4, 1776.
Report of the number of Shot and Shells fired into BOSTON, on the night of the 4th of MARCH, 1776.
Lambs Dam: 5 13-inch shells; 6 10-inch shells11. 42 24-pound shot; 38 18-pound shot80.
Lechmeres Point: 32 24-pound shot; 14 18-pound shot46. 2 10-inch shells.
Cobble-Hill: 18 18-pound shot.
Total, 144 shot; 13 shells.
HENRY KNOX, Colonel Regiment Artillery.