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Collection Reference Number GLC01450.016.01
From Archive Folder Collection pertaining to the 10th Massachusetts Regiment 
Title 10th Massachusetts regiment orderly book
Date 16 April - 1 June 1781
Document Type Military document
Content Description Details daily orders for the troops and assigns field officers and major of the brigades for each day. Many entries deal with supplying and ordering clothing for the soldiers. Reports the results of many court martials, most trying soldiers for desertion and sentencing them to death or 100 lashes. 20 April 1781 entry reports on the prevention of smallpox among the soldiers. Entry for 4 May 1781 discusses sending ranks to join the light infantry under General Marquis de Lafayette. Entry for 6 May 1781 mentions the problem of venereal diseases in the camp and orders the removal of all women over the age of 14 from the garrison. On 28 May 1781, gives detailed instructions on which soldiers are fit for action and must be armed and on duty. Instructs that all soldiers must be accounted for and reports that advertisements will be placed in newspapers advising soldiers on leave to report their whereabouts. States no furloughs can be given out until the end of the campaign and any soldiers on furlough must return. Book is stitched but unbound.
Subjects Revolutionary War  Military History  Continental Congress  Military Uniforms  Smallpox  Disease  Health and Medical  Desertion  Death Penalty  Military Law  Infantry  Sexuality  Women's History  Journalism  
Place written West Point, New York
Theme The American Revolution
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859