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July 1



Head-Quarters, New-York, July 1, 1776.

(Parole, Jersey.) (Countersign, Militia)

The General Court-Martial, whereof Colonel Parsons is President, is dissolved. 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 o' clock, to try all such prisoners as shall be brought before them. All witnesses and other persons concerned to attend the Court. Field-Officers for the above General Court-Martial: Colonel Reed, President, Lieutenant-Colonel Clarke, and Major Sprout.

John Lynch, of Captain Benezet' s Company, and Colonel Magaw' s Regiment, convicted by a General Court-Martial of "striking and wounding an Officer of Colonel Shea' s Battalion," and Richard Neal and James Higgins, of Captain Stephenson' s Independent Company of Riflemen, being convicted by the same Court-Martial, whereof Colonel Parsons


was President, of "striking and abusing several Officers of the Twentieth Regiment," were sentenced by the Court to receive thirty-nine lashes each.

The General approves the sentences, and orders them to be put in execution at such time and place as the Commanding Officer of their respective Corps shall direct.

A working party of nine hundred men, from Generals Heath' s, Spencer' s, and Lord Stirling' s Brigades, and the same proportion from General Scott' s, to turn out at five o' clock, A˙ M˙; Huntington' s, Ward' s, Nixon' s, and Webb' s Regiments to work at the Redoubts on Jews-Hill Plain and Bayard' s Hill, to be allowed one hour for breakfast, three for dinner, and to work till sunset; Parsons' s Regiment to work on the well, under Captain Chapman' s directions; Learned' s, Wylly' s, and Bailey' s Regiments to go to Governour' s Island; Learned' s to take axes from the Laboratory; Prescott' s Regiment to work as Huntington' s, and turn out the whole off duty, the picket not excepted; Prescott' s Regiment is required to be more attentive to duty, not having furnished their complement at the works for two weeks till yesterday; Baldwin' s Regiment to work at Red-Hook, and take tools from the Laboratory; General Scott' s Brigade, McDougall' s, Ritzema' s, and Reed' s Regiments, to receive orders at the Laboratory in the morning. All working parties to work till sunset, and those Regiments not otherwise directed to parade by six o' clock, A˙ M.

The Troops in rotation to be allowed to fire two Cartridges per man, in such a manner and at such time as the respective Brigadiers may direct. The Brigadiers to give notice to the General of their several determinations on this head.

William Hurly, of Captain Parks' s Company, and of the Regiment late Learned' s, tried by the above Court-Martial for firing on and wounding, without cause, one Peter Child, a citizen, was acquitted. The General approves thereof, and orders him to be discharged.

After Orders. — The whole Army to be under arms tomorrow morning, at daylight, on their Regimental parades, with their full Ammunition ready for action. The Militia of the City will parade at their usual places, and take their orders from the Brigadier-General commanding in that quarter. The Artificers, and such Militia and other Troops as are arrived in town, and have no other destination, are to parade on the Common in front of the Park of Artillery, and take their orders from Brigadier-General Lord Stirling. Colonel Nixon, with his Regiment, is to proceed, as soon as possible in the morning, to Governour' s Island, and take the command there.