Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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GENERAL ORDERS Head Quarters, Cambridge, February 26, 1776.

    Parole New York. Countersign Lee.

    The Commanding Officers of Regiments are immediately to order all the Axes -- Pick-axes -- Spades -- Shovels, and other intrenching Tools, now in their possession, to be forthwith sent to the Qr. Master General's Store in Cambridge.

    All Officers, non-commissioned Officers and Soldiers are positively forbid playing at Cards, and other Games of Chance. At this time of public distress, men may find enough to do in the service of their God, and their Country, without abandoning themselves to vice and immorality.