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General Orders, by General Gates, Head-Quarters, Ticonderoga, August 23 to September 2


Head Quarters, August 31, 1776.

(Parole, America.) (Countersign, Liberty.)

The officers and soldiers may be satisfied that the General has left no means in his power unattempted to procure medicine and every comfort for the sick.

The Director of the General Hospital in this department, Doctor Stringer, was sent to New York three and thirty days ago, with positive orders to return the instant he had provided the drugs and medicines so much wanted. Since then, repeated letters have been wrote to New York and Philadelphia, setting forth, in the strongest terms, the pressing necessity of an immediate supply of these articles.

The General is credibly informed that a Principal Surgeon from the General Hospital at New York, has been despatched from thence above a fortnight ago, with a supply of medicines, and apprehends that the badness of the weather and roads has alone prevented his arrival.

It is the soldier' s duty to maintain the post he is ordered to defend. The same climate and season that affects us affects our enemies; and the favour of the Almighty, to whom


we have appealed, will, if we trust in Him, preserve us from slavery and death.

The General recommends it to the Surgeons of the different Regiments to communicate to each other the state of the sick in their respective corps, the various diseases, the remedies principally wanted, and the comforts most in request; for he will leave nothing unattempted in his power to provide whatever he can command for their recovery.

The General also desires the Medical Gentlemen will consult upon and adopt the most proper measures for obtaining those salutary purposes.