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General Orders


Head-Quarters, Cambridge, January 24, 1776.

(Parole, .....) (Countersign, ......)

The Barracks are to be finished as speedily as possible, that the Militia Regiments, which are expected, may be accommodated. The Quartermaster-General and his Assistants are to look out in time for other quarters, if the Barracks are thought insufficient to entertain the troops. The Regiments are to be brigaded in the following manner, viz:

Brigadier-General Thomas' s Brigade: Learned' s, Joseph Reed' s, Whitcomb' s, Ward' s, and Bailey' s Regiments.

Brigadier-General Spencer' s Brigade: Parson' s, Huntington' s, Webb' s, and Wyllys' s Regiments.

Brigadier-General Greene' s Brigade: Varnum' s, Hitchcock' s, Little' s, and Bond' s Regiments.

Brigadier-General Heath' s Brigade: Prescott' s, Sergent' s, Phinney' s, Greaton' s, and Baldwin' s Regiments.

Brigadier-General Sullivan' s Brigade: James Reed' s, Nixon' s, Stark' s, and Poor' s Regiments.

Brigadier-General .....Brigade: Glover' s, Patterson' s, Arnold' s, and Hutchinson' s Regiments.

Whitcomb' s, Webb' s, and Hutchinson' s Regiments are to join their respective Brigades, as soon as provision is made for it; at any rate before the 1st February, that they may get fixed before the Militia come in. The Brigadier and Quartermaster-General is to see that each Brigade is as compactly quartered as the Barracks will admit of. The Barrackmaster is to see that each room has its complement of men, and the officers placed contiguous to them.

The custom of manning the lines, and each regiment repairing to its alarm-post at reveille beating, is to be strictly and invariably practised, until countermanded. The Brigadiers are to take especial care, that proper alarm-posts are assigned to every regiment, that no confusion may arise upon an alarm.

Neither provisions, nor the value of them, are to be issued to officers or soldiers when upon furlough. Furloughs are always considered as injurious to the service, but too often granted for the gratification of individuals. The General was, therefore, not a little surprised to find that it had, contrary to custom and common justice, become a question whether absentees were not entitled to the same allowance of provisions, as if they were present and actually doing duty.