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Head-Quarters, New-York, May 2, 1776.
The First, Second, and Fourth Brigades, to encamp to-morrow, in the forenoon; each Regiment to be drawn up on their Regimental parade, at eight oclock in the morning, and directly march to the ground marked out for their encampment, when they are immediately to pitch their tents. The Quartermaster-General will provide camp-equipage, wood, and straw, necessary for the encampment.
The Brigadier-General, or officers commanding, will attend to the encampment of their respective Brigades, and see that one Regiment does not encroach upon another, but encamp exactly upon the ground assigned.
The Chief Engineer, Lieutenant-Colonel Putnam, to send every evening the details for the working parties wanted for the next day, to Major-General Putnam, who will provide boats, and give the necessary orders for marching them to the places where they are to work; and will also direct the intrenching tools to be properly distributed.
Corporal John Weaver, of Captain Williamss Independent Company of Riflemen, tried at a late General Court-Martial, whereof Colonel Baldwin was President, for getting drunk when on duty: the Court find the prisoner guilty of the charge, and do sentence him to be reduced to the ranks, and whipped thirty lashes on his bare back.
John McGarra, of Captain Stephensons Independent Company of Riflemen, tried at the above General Court-Martial, for mutinous behaviour, is found guilty by the Court, and sentenced to be whipped fifteen lashes on his bare back.
Samuel Londers and Abner Fuller, of Captain Bissells Company, in Colonel Huntingtons Regiment, tried at the above General Court-Martial, for desertion: the Court finding the prisoners guilty of the charge, do sentence each of them to receive thirty lashes on his bare back.
The General approves of the foregoing sentences, and orders the execution of them to-morrow morning, at guard mounting.
The General Court-Martial, whereof Colonel Baldwin is President, is dissolved.
Head-Quarters, New-York, May 3, 1776.
A General Court-Martial of the line, consisting of one Colonel, one Lieutenant-Colonel, one Major, and ten Captains, to sit to-morrow morning, at ten oclock, to try all such prisoners as shall be brought before them. All evidences and persons concerned to attend the Court.
Frederick Roach, a Matross in the Regiment of Artillery, tried at a late General Court-Martial, whereof Colonel Baldwin was President, for insulting and striking Captain Hull, and for insulting some inhabitants on Long-Island: The Court finding the prisoner guilty of the charge, do sentence him to be whipped thirty-nine lashes on his bare back.
Edward McCartney, of Captain Hardenburghs Company, in Colonel Ritzemas Regiment, tried at the above General Court-Martial, for desertion, is found guilty by the Court, and by them sentenced to receive thirty-nine lashes on his bare back.
John Maxfield, of Captain Tylers Company, in Colonel Huntingtons Regiment, tried by the above General Court-Martial, for desertion: The Court finding the prisoner guilty of the charge, do sentence him to be whipped thirty-nine lashes on his naked back, for said offence.
Charles Bowen, of Captain Potters Company, in Colonel Daytons Regiment, tried by the above General Court-Martial, for desertion, is found guilty by the Court, and sentenced to be whipped thirty-nine lashes on his bare back.
The General approves of each of the foregoing sentences, and orders them to be put in execution to-morrow morning, at guard mounting.
Head-Quarters, New-York, May 4, 1776.
The weather proving wet and cold, the Regiments that did not encamp yesterday are to remain in their present quarters until Monday morning, when they are to march, and encamp upon the ground assigned them.
The undernamed officers are appointed by the General to oversee the works laid out by the Engineer: Captain Chapman, of Colonel Prescotts Regiment, Lieutenant Cole, of Colonel Wyllyss Regiment, Lieutenant Fish, of Colonel Learneds Regiment, and Lieutenant Goodall, of Colonel Reeds Regiment.
The Colonels, or commanding-officers of Regiments, are to be particular in obliging their Quartermasters constantly to attend to the cleaning the streets of their encampment; and especially to the digging and fixing the necessaries in the place appointed for that purpose; which are every morning to be lightly covered with fresh earth, and at stated times filled up, and new ones dug; to the end that all obnoxious and unwholesome smells be prevented from infecting the camp. The Quartermasters are also carefully to see all filth and carrion, in or near their encampments, immediately buried.
The honourable the Continental Congress have been pleased to appoint William Palfrey, Esq., to be Paymaster-General of the Army of the United Colonies; he is to be respected and obeyed as such.
Colonel Parsonss and Colonel Huntingtons Regiments to be mustered in the front of their encampment, upon Tuesday morning next. They are to prepare their Rolls accordingly. The Mustermaster-General will attend at eight oclock.
William Winslow, soldier in Captain Johnstons Company, in Colonel McDougalls Regiment, tried at a late General Court-Martial, whereof Colonel Baldwin was President, for desertion, is acquitted by the Court. The General orders the prisoner to be released from his confinement; and wishes he could add his approbation of the proceedings of the Court-Martial.
Head-Quarters, New-York, May 5, 1776.
The Commanding-Officers of Regiments to send a return to the Quartermaster-General of the Armourers and Smiths in their respective corps; when such as are necessary for the service of the Army will be drafted.
Colonel Wyllyss and Colonel Arnolds Regiments are to be mustered in the front of their encampment, upon Wednesday morning next, at eight oclock, when the Commissary-General of Musters will attend.
The officers commanding the guards in and near the encampment, are to be particularly attentive to prevent any waste or depredation being committed upon the fields, fences, trees, or buildings, about the camp. Turf is not permitted to be cut, unless by the express orders of the Chief Engineer; and any non-commissioned officer or soldier, who is detected cutting any of the trees or shrubs, or destroying any of the fences, near the camp, will be confined, and tried for disobedience of orders. The Quartermaster-General will supply a certain quantity of boards for flooring for the tents of every Regiment; which are on no account to be converted to any other use.
The officers and soldiers ordered upon command, under Lieutenant-Colonel Tupper, of which a roll is this day delivered to the several Brigade-Majors, are to be continued upon that command until further orders; and the Regiments they are severally drafted from are to have an allowance in the roll of duty accordingly.
COLONEL CHAMBERS TO GENERAL WASHINGTON.
Utrecht, (Long-Island, New-York,) May 5, 1776.
SIR: By Lieutenant Docherty I send to your Excellency one Peter Pillyouse, who was taken yesterday coming from the Asia man-of-war; he was taken by Mr. Docherty, who commanded the picket-guard at that time, and will let you know the particulars; from your humble servant,
JAMES CHAMBERS, Lieutenant-Colonel.
To His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief.
COLONEL GEORGE CLINTON TO GENERAL WASHINGTON.
New-Windsor, May 5, 1776.
DEAR SIR: On my arrival here I went immediately to Fishkill, to make inquiry about the arms said to be stored at Wiltsys. I find that, about a week ago, a certain Duncan Campbell, a Major in the Ministerial Army, taken on board the enemys vessels at the mouth of the Sorrel, came to the Fishkill. on board of an Albany sloop, landed there, and