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General Orders: Head-Quarters, White-Plains, October 25 to 29


Head-Quarters, White-Plains, October 27, 1776.


Lieutenant Sickles, of General Scott' s Brigade, tried by a Court-Martial, whereof Colonel Holman was President, and convicted of "disobeying general orders, by loading a wagon with goods not the proper baggage of the regiment, and also, when charged therewith, of behaving in a scandalous, infamous manner, unbecoming an officer and the gentleman," the Court sentenced him to be cashiered. The General approves the sentence, and orders him to be dismissed the service. He also directs that he leave the army immediately.

The General, observing that the army seems unacquainted with the enemy' s Horse, and that when any parties meet with them, they do not oppose them with the same alacrity which they show in other cases, thinks it necessary to inform the officers and soldiers that in such a broken country, full of stone walls, there is no enemy more to be despised, as they cannot leave the road; so that any party attacking them may be always sure of doing it to advantage, by taking post in the woods by the roads, or along the stone walls, where they will not venture to follow them. And as an encouragement to any brave parties who will endeavour to surprise some of them, the General offers one hundred dollars for every Trooper, with his horse and accoutrements, which shall be brought in, and so in proportion for any part, to be divided according to the rank and pay of the party.

The Picket Guard to be reinforced this evening with a regiment from each division. They are to parade at five o' clock this evening, near Head-Quarters. The eldest Colonel to command the whole, and to come to Head-Quarters for orders before they march off.

The constant beating of drums on all occasions is very improper. There should be no drum but on the parade and main guard. All fatigue parties to march with the fife; and no drum to beat, on any account, after retreat beating, but by special order.

John Cawley and Michael McDaniel, of Colonel Haslett' s Regiment, tried by the Court-Martial whereof Colonel Holman was President, for "robbing Isaiah Rider," are both acquitted. The General approves the Sentence, and orders them to be discharged.

James Daniel, of Captain Horton' s Company, Colonel Ritzema' s Regiment, convicted by the same Court-Martial, is ordered to receive thirty-nine lashes and forfeit two months' pay. The General approves the sentence, and orders it to be executed at the usual time and place.

William Turner and Daniel Shute are appointed Aids-de-Camp to General Lincoln, and are to be obeyed and respected accordingly.

The Court of Inquiry on Colonel Tyler having reported that there is no sufficient reason for the appointment of a Court-Martial on his conduct, the General orders him to be released from his arrest.

Regimental Courts-Martial to be formed immediately, for the trial of prisoners charged with crimes under their cognizance.