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Hand, Edward (1744-1802) [General orders]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01587 Author/Creator: Hand, Edward (1744-1802) Place Written: Verplanck, New York Type: Autograph document signed Date: 7 September 1782-8 September 1782 Pagination: 3 p. : address : docket ; 21 x 17 cm.

Written from Head Quarters Verplanks Point, present-day Verplanck, New York. "Public" is written above the address. Includes "Extracts from Genl. Orders" for two days, 7 and 8 September. The extract from 7 September states, "Lieutenant Osgood Carleton of the Invalid Regiment is appointed Quarter Master to the same vice Lieutenant [William] Honeyman who assigns that office." The extract from 8 September states, "A court of enquiry of which Colonel [Benjamin] Tupper was President sat at West Point by a Garrison order of the 4th instant to enquire into the sufficiency of the reasons alledged by Lieutenant Barber of the Massachusetts regt. of Artillery for overstaying the term of his furlough, & have reported that he produced a certificate showing that he was detained by sickness which in their opinion exculpates him. The Commander in Chief accepts and approves the opinion of the Court." Writes that General Edward Hand presents compliments to Samuel Shaw and "requests the foregoing extracts may be published to the garrison of West Point if agreable to Genl. [Henry] Knox." See GLC02437.01584 for further information.

Lieutenant Barber might be Isaac R. Barber (fl. 1782) of the 3rd Continental Artillery.

Head Quarters Ver Planks Point
Septr. 7th. 1782

Lieutenant Osgood Carleton of the Invalid Regiment is appointed Quarter-Master to the same vice Lieutenant Honeyman who resigns that office

Septr. 8th. 1782

A court of enquiry of which Colonel Tupper was President sat at West Point by a Garrison order of the 4th. instant to enquire into the sufficiency of the reasons alledged by Lieutenant Barber of the Massachusetts regt. of Artillery for overstaying the term of his furlough, & have reported that he produced a certificate showing that [2] that he was detained by sickness which in their opinion exculpates him.
The Commander in Chief accepts and approves the Court
Extracts from Genl.
Orders
Edw. Hand

[3] Genl. Hand presents his Complts. to Captn. Shaw requests the foregoing extracts may be published to the Garrison of West Point if agreable to Genl. Knox

[address leaf]
Public
Captn. Saml. Shaw
A.D.C. to Genl. Knox
West Point

[docket]
General Orders
8th. Sept. 1782

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