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General Orders



Head-Quarters, Harlem Heights, October 9, 1776.



The General positively forbids covering the bottoms of tents with earth, as, in a few days, that situation must render them totally unfit for service. The Commanding officer


of each corps will take care to see that this order is strictly complied with in his own encampment. In order that the regiments may get out of tents as soon as possible, the Brigadiers may apply to the Quartermaster-General for boards, and under his direction employ the spare time of their men in building barracks, or huts, fit for winter use. These huts, or barracks, are to be built with regularity. The works of defence are not to be retarded by these buildings: they are to be advanced by the men off duty, if tools are to be had for them to work.

The respective Brigadiers are to inquire into the state of the ammunition of their brigades, and every Colonel is to have a box of spare cartridges to supply occasional deficiencies.

Edward Sherburne, Esq˙, is appointed Aid-de-Camp to General Sullivan, and is to be obeyed and respected accordingly.

David Dexter, Esq˙, is appointed to act as Brigade-Major to the brigade under Colonel Lippet.