Alexander Scammell orderly book, 1780.


Scammell, Alexander, 1747-1781. Alexander Scammell orderly book, 1780.

Alexander Scammell orderly book, 1780.

This volume is an orderly book kept by Alexander Scammell, adjutant general and aide de camp to George Washington for the Continental Army in New Jersey dating from March 23- July 23, 1780. Orders were issued at Morristown from March 23-June 6, 1780, and then from Short Hills, Connecticut Farms (now called Union Township), Springfield, Whippany, Ramapo, and Preakness until July 23, 1780. Typical orders regard troop movements and formation, rations of food and rum, and court marshal proceedings. Most of the court marshal proceedings were held for relatively minor offenses, such as leaving camp at night or unofficer-like behavior.

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