"...for our service the month of February
& March last
in the Continental Army..."
The Orderly Book of
Colonel John Robinson's Regiment of Massachusetts Militia
Camp at Cambridge, February & March, 1776
Huntington Library, San Marino, California and is referenced as HM596.
The Huntington holds all copyrights to the manuscript document.
Transcribed by D.P. Lacroix, May/June 2003.
portion of Robinson’s orderly book contains the daily orders passed down
to the regiment from various levels of the Continental Army’s chain of command.
As part of the early morning routine of the regiment, the General
Orders from General Washington’s Headquarters in Cambridge were copied
into the orderly book by the regiment’s adjutant. In
addition, any brigade orders issued by the brigadier general (Robinson’s
commanding officer) were also copied into the book.
The remainder of the orderly book consists primarily of Regimental Orders from Col. Robinson, receipts for supplies distributed to the company captains, and pay receipts. The proportions of each of these can be found in the table below.
||Percentage of Total
||Total Regimental Business:
Total number of pages: 50
As one might expect, the General Orders found in this orderly book are nearly identical to those found in Washington’s orderly book from the period. Since these orders are published elsewhere2, they are not included in this transcription. They are, however, noted in the text. For example, “Head Quarters 12 Feb y 1776…” indicates where the General Orders of February 12th appear in Robinson’s orderly book.
All other contents of Robinson’s orderly book have been faithfully transcribed. An attempt has been made to maintain all misspellings, capitalization, and general page layout. The transcriber has provided additional information within square brackets that help to place certain entries in historical context or add biographical information about people cited in the text.
1.“A Brief Profile of Orderly Books”, John K. Robertson and Bob McDonald, at www.revwar75.com
This piece provides an excellent overview of Revolutionary War period orderly books.
2. George Washington Papers, Library of Congress website.
Many thanks to Marilyn Day and Bob Oliphant for assistance in deciphering the more difficult portions of the orderly book.
© 2003-2004 D. P. Lacroix
Page added 21 May, 2004
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