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General Court Martial of Philip Wickware and Robert Dunbar

Still Water August 5th 1777

Proceedings of a general Court Martial ordered by the Honorable Major Genl. Schuyler Commander of the Army in the Northern Department.

Lieut. Col. Carlton President.
Major Furnald M     Capt. Fry
Major Hull E     Capt. Lieut. Voree
Capt. Huchins M     Lieut. Bowler
Capt. Burbank B     Lieut. Worthing
Capt. Cleveland E     Lieut. Howe
Capt. Donells R     Lieut. Foot
Capt. Brown S

Philip WICKWIRE and Robert DUNBAR brought before the Court and accused of holding a Correspondence with and giving Intelligence to the Enemy, and of lurking about our Encampments as Spies, on being asked whether guilty of the Charges both plead not Guilty.

Lieut. Thomas Simson on oath deposeth that on the 4th instant, as he was coming from Col. Warner's Camp, with a party of men about ten Miles from this Place, he discovered two men with Arms, who sculked and endeavoured to escape but they were soon taken. These persons were the above Philip WICKWIRE and Robert DUNBAR who at first pretended they belonged to the Militia and were going home. But being closely examined, they confessed they had been to the Enemy at Ticonderoga aid Fort Edward, and had taken Protection under General BURGOYNE. And searching behind the Root where they sculked, two of Genl. BURGOYNE's Manifesto's were found and the two following Passes Verbatim

Permit the Bearer Philip WICKWARE to pass and repass on his Majesties Service, he has taken the Benefit of his Excellency Genl. BURGOYNE's Manifesto, and the oath of allegiance, Head Quarters 3d of August 1777 at Fort Edward.
                                                      Philip SKENE

The other was as follows--

Permit the Bearer Robert DUNBAR, to pass and repass on his Majesties Service, he has taken the Oath of Allegiance, and the Benefit of his Excellency Genl. BURGOYNE’s Manifesto Fort Edward the 3d of August 1777
                                                      Philip SKENE

To all concerned

Lieut. Amos Webster on Oath deposeth that he was with Lieut. Simson, when Philip WICKWARE and Robert DUNBAR were taken, and that he agrees with him in his evidence.

The Court being cleared, and after carefully examining into the Charges exhibited against Philip WICKWARE and Robert DUNBAR, were of Opinion that they were both guilty and sentenced them to suffer Death, for sd. Offences.

                                       Saml. Carlton Presidt.

New York Public Library, Schuyler Papers, Box 46.

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