War of 1812 Bicentennial

General Orders

Third Division of the Militia of the state of New York.
H.Q. Plattsburgh, Sept. 13th, 1814
General Orders.

The sudden, unexpected and dastardly retreat of the enemy, renders it unnecessary that those patriotic Militia and Volunteers who have so gallantly defended their country from invasion should longer be detained from their homes—the General therefore makes known to the Militia under his command and the Volunteers of the state of Vermont, that they may return to their homes with the thanks of the General and the reflection that they have deserved the gratitude of their country. Those few who basely deserted their standard and returned to their homes, without leave, in time of danger, will meet their reward by being despised as cowards, not deserving to be Free men. Had the enemy remained a day or two longer we should have been enabled to have carried trouble and confutation into his camp. The spirit and emulation of the Volunteers show to their country and to the enemy what may be expected in case of any future invasion on this frontier. The General tenders his thanks to Gen. Strong and the officers and volunteers of the state of Vermont in general, for their promptness to meet the enemy on all occasions and on the shortest notice.

And he congratulates all who have been under his command, as well as his country, on the total defeat, discomfiture and disgrace of the enemy, in his attack on this place both by water and land.

By order of Major Gen. Mooers,

   R. H. Walworth, A.D.C.

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