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General Orders, Oct. 11


Head-Quarters, Harlem Heights, October 11, 1776.



Colonel Ewing, Lieutenant-Colonel Penrose, Major Fitzgerald, Captains Thome, Bollard, Packay, and Yates, to sit as a Court of Inquiry into the conduct of Colonel Van Cortlandt and Major Dey towards each other; to meet this afternoon, at three o' clock, at the Court-Martial room, and make report, as soon as possible, to the General. Brigade-Majors to give them immediate notice.

Talmadge, Esq˙, is appointed Brigade-Major to General Wadsworth, and is to be obeyed and respected accordingly.

As there is an absolute necessity for the business of the army to be carried on with regularity, and to do this, that the officers of each department should have the regulation and direction of matters appertaining to their respective offices, in order that they may become amenable to the publick, or the Commander-in-Chief, when called upon, it is hereby directed by the General, that no horse or wagon shall be taken by any officer, of whatever rank, without an order from Head-Quarters, the Quartermaster-General, or Wagonrnaster-General. But when either are wanted for regimental uses, the application shall go from the Commanding officer of the regiment, in writing, to the Quartermaster-General, or Wagonrnaster-General, who will issue his orders therefor; and if wanted for the despatch of publick business, the application to be made by the Engineer.


in writing. All teams belonging to the publick, or in their pay, are to be delivered to the Quartermaster-General, registered, and under his direction.

The Quartermaster-General is to take especial care of all grain and hay belonging to the publick, and see that none of it is delivered but by his order; and as these articles are scarce, it is ordered, that all officers whose duty does not oblige them to be on horseback, dispose of the horses, or send them out of camp, immediately, as provender cannot be spared for them on any pretence.

No boards are to be taken for the use of any brigade or regiment without orders, nor delivered but by order of the Quartermaster-General, who is to make as equal a distribution among the regiments as may be, and see they are put to the best use possible, and with as little waste, as there may be difficulty in getting them.

Mutual complaints having been made by Mr˙ Fisk, the Engineer, and Mr˙ Kinsey, the Wagonmaster, against each other, a Court of Inquiry of three Captains and four Subs, from General McDougall' s Brigade, to sit, and report the matter, with their opinion thereon, to meet to-morrow afternoon, at three o' clock, at the Court-Martial room.

The General being accidentally prevented from going to the alarm-posts this morning, if the weather is fair he will visit the troops to-morrow morning, accompanied by the General Officers. He hopes the whole line will turn out as full as possible.

The time of the Fatigue-men going out is altered to eight o' clock instead of seven. The men are to breakfast before they go, as they are not to leave work on that account. The General hopes the officers will exert themselves to complete the works as fast as possible, that the men may be the sooner covered.