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General Orders July 15. [1775-07-15] Continental Congress. [S4-V2-p1607] [Document Details][Complete Volume]

Orders by General Washington

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Head-Quarters, Cambridge, July 15, 1775.

(Parole, Virginia.)

(Countersign, Maryland.)

The Commanding Officers of each Regiment to report the names of such men, in their respective corps, as are most expert in the management of whale-boats.

When any commissioned or non-commissioned officer is sent upon any detachment or duty of honour or fatigue, or to see the execution of any particular work, he is, so soon as the service is performed, to make a report thereof to his commanding officer.

It being found advantageous to the publick service to remove sundry horned cattle and sheep from the ground upon which they were grazing near Chelsea, (to prevent their falling into the enemy' s hands,) it is earnestly recommended to the several Commissaries, to purchase such of them as are fit for slaughter, of the owners, in order that they may suffer the least loss possible from the unavoidable necessity of removing them from the rapacious claws of our enemies.

Colonel Gridely, Chief Engineer, is desired to report what Chevaux-de-frise are made, and what forwardness those are in that are, now making. It is necessary those upon hand be completed without delay.

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Notwithstanding the orders already given, the General hears with astonishment that not only soldiers, but officers unauthorized, are continually conversing with the officers and sentries of the enemy. Any officer, non-commissioned officer, or soldier, or any person whatsoever, who is detected holding any conversation, or carrying on any correspondence with any of the officers or sentries of the advanced posts of the enemy, will be immediately brought before a General Court-Martial, and punished with the utmost severity. The General is alone to judge of the propriety of any intercourse with the enemy, and no one else is to presume to interfere.

The Chief Engineer, Colonel Gridley, to order an Engineer and a Field-Officer of Artillery to go round the lines and redoubts to examine if the guns are placed properly in the embrasures, and if the embrasures are properly made, and properly sloped towards the country. The Engineer and Artillery Officer to report to the Commander-in-Chief as soon as they have obeyed this order.

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