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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Orders from Anthony Wayne concerning the Battle of Stony Point, New York
Wayne, Anthony, 1745-1796
July 16, 1779
Volume 14, Pages 326-327

[Dep't. of State. Gen. Washington's Letters, No. 169, Vol. 5, Pp. 402-412.]

Stoney Point, N. Y., July 16, 1779.

Orders issued by General Wayne, in pursuance of instructions from Gen. Washington, dated New Windsor, July 10, 1779.

“The troops are to march at 12 o'clock, (midnight,) and move by the right, making a short halt at the Creek, or run, next on

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this side of Clement's. Every Officer and Non-Commissioned Officer will remain with and be answerable for every man in their platoons. No soldier to be permitted to quit the ranks on any pretence whatever until a general halt is made, and then to be attended by one of the officers of the platoon.”

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“Colonel Butler will form a Column on the left of Frebiger, and Major Murfree in his rear—Col. Butler will move by the route No. 2, preceded by one hundred men with unloaded arms and fixed Bayonets, under the command of Major Stewart, who will observe a distance of twenty yards in front of the Column, which will immediately follow under the command of Col. Butler. “The Officer commanding the above-named one hundred men will also detach a proper officer and Twenty men a little in front to remove the obstructions.”

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“Major Murfree will follow Col. Butler to the first figure 3, when he will divide a little to the right and left, and wait the attack on the right, which will be his signal to begin and to keep up a perpetual and galling fire, and endeavor to enter between and possess the works “A. A.”