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General Orders, Head-Quarters, New-York, September 14


Head-Quarters, New-York, September 14, 1776.

(Parole, Bristol.)

(Countersign, Roxbury.)

The Court of Inquiry on Major Hatfield not having been able to proceed, he is released from his arrest until they can attend.

The General is exceedingly anxious that every soldier should be well provided with ammunition, and desires that every officer will be careful to see there is no deficiency in


this respect, as it is highly probable they may soon be called to action.

It is so critical a period, and so interesting to every true lover of his country, that the General hopes that every officer and soldier will now exert himself to the utmost. It is no time for ease or indulgence; the arms of the men, the condition of the sick, care to prevent imposition in order to avoid danger and duty, vigilance of sentries and guards, are all now requisite. We have once found the bad consequences of a surprise: let the utmost care be used to prevent another. For this purpose the General directs, that none be put out as sentries at night but picked men, that they be visited every half hour, and every motion of the enemy narrowly watched.

General Wadsworth' s Brigade to furnish two sentries upon the road, to prevent wagons in the publick service going out empty or carrying sick.

Benjamin Haywood, late Lieutenant in the Fourth Regiment, is appointed Paymaster to said regiment.

Captain Brown is excused from duty on account of his assisting the Quartermaster-General.