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General Orders


Head-Quarters, Cambridge, August 7, 1775.

(Parole, Newcastle.)

(Countersign, Malden.)

Captain Kilton, of Col˙ Patterson' s Regiment, tried by a General Court-Martial for "neglect of duty," is found guilty of a breach of the forty-ninth article of the Rules and Regulations for the Massachusetts Army. They therefore sentence him to receive a severe reprimand from the commanding officer, at the head of the Regiment.

Application having been made for Sutlers to supply the different Regiments with necessaries, the Commander-in-Chief has no objection to each Colonel appointing one for his particular Regiment, provided the publick is not to be taxed with any expense by the appointment; and provided also, that each Colonel doth become answerable for the conduct of the Sutler so appointed; and taking care that he conform strictly to all orders given for the regulation of the Army, and that he does not in any instance attempt to impose upon the soldiers in the price of their goods. No officer, directly or indirectly, is to become a Sutler.

It is in an especial manner recommended to the commanding officer of each Regiment to see that a store of shoes and shirts are laid in for the men, as those are at all times necessary. The General also recommends it to the Colonels to provide Indian boots or leggings for their men, instead of stockings, as they are not only warmer, and wear longer, but, by getting them of a colour, contribute to uniformity in dress, especially as the General has hopes of prevailing with the Continental Congress to give each man a hunting-shirt.

For the future no Return is to be delivered to the Adjutant-General that is not signed by the commanding officer of the Regiment or Corps, specified by the Return; and it is expected that the commanding officers of Regiments do not receive any Return from their Adjutants, unless he at the same time presents the said commanding officer with a particular Return, signed by the respective Captains of Companies in the Regiment he commands.