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General Orders, November 21, 1775


Head-Quarters, Cambridge, November 21, 1775.

(Parole, Gloucester.) (Countersign, Hampshire.)

The Court-Martial of which Colonel Cleveland was President is dissolved. A General Court-Martial to sit tomorrow morning, in General Sullivan' s Brigade, to try such prisoners as shall be brought before them; all evidences and persons concerned to attend the Court.

Mr˙ Penuel Chiney, Surgeon to the Thirty-Fourth Regiment, tried at a late General Court-Martial, of which Colonel Cleveland was President, for "drawing more Hospital Stores than he had a right to draw, and for vilifying the characters of Major-Generals Lee and Putnam." The Court were of opinion that the prisoner is guilty of speaking words tending to the dishonour of the character of Major-General Putnam, and therefore adjudge him to be cashiered.

John Davidson, of Captain Bancroft' s Company, and Thomas Knolton, of Captain Town' s Company, Colonel Bridge' s Regiment, tried at the above General Court-Martial, for "quitting their post when upon duty." The


Court were of opinion that the prisoners are guilty of the crime laid to their charge, and do adjudge them to be punished with fifteen lashes each; but on account of the youth and ignorance of their duty, the Court recommends the prisoners for mercy. The General is pleased, upon the recommendation of the Court, to pardon the prisoners, but at the same time desires it may be noticed that such a crime will not meet with mercy in future.