Military order book for the 16th Kentucky Militia, 1814


Adjutant Generals office Fort Malden 26th Oct 1814

Detachment Orders

As health depends so much on clean -liness it becomes necessary to issue an absolute Order that no soldier shall ease himself in any of the ditches round the Fort, or in any other place near the Fort except in sinks dug for the purpose in the care of the Fort.

And it shall be the duty of each officer of the Day to visit those sinks once a day while on duty and call a fatigue at any time to dig others when he may deem it necessary - The commandants of companies or detachments are held responsible for the good conduct of their ^several commands as respects this Order, and any soldier found vio -lating this Order shall be confined and pun -ished at the discretion of a court Martial

By Order

Lew. Morgan Lieut Arty. A. A. A. Genrl

Adjutant Generals Office Fort Malden Oct 28th 1814

Order of the Day.

Lieutenant Richie is to be relieved from his arrest on account of the withdrawal of the charges exhibited against him by the prosecutor

The commandant of the 16th regt Ky. D. M. is specially ordered to cause his captains to have correct reports made of their ^respective companies -

Muster rolls must be made for mustering the Troops on the last of this month- Lieut Knox of the rangers is appointed to do that duty -

By Order

Lew. Morgan Lieut Arty. A. A. A. Genl
Adjutant Generals office Fort Malden Oct 29th 1814

Detachment Orders.

The troops will parade on the outside of the fort this Evening at four Oclock, where the proceed =ings of the court martial of which Major Kennedy is President, will be read, all the troops not on duty will parade with their cloths arms and accoutrements in the best possible order.

Each morning so soon as the guard is relieved the old old Guard will March out side the line of Centinels and discharge their pieces.

No gun or pistol is to be fired within the fort or with =in one mile of it except by special permission of the Commanding officer - any person found viola=ting this order shall be punished to the exstent of the military law.

By Order

Lew. Morgan Lt Arty. A. A. A. Genl.

Adjutant Generals office Fort Malden Oct 30th 1814

Detachment Order.

From the various reasons made by the several Captains of the 16 regt Ky M. D. it becomes necessary that each Captain of the 16 regt shall make out a correct monthly report of the state of his company at present and the alterations that have taken place during the month and giving the names of the absentees their rank
where they are and by whose orders (or from what cause) to be handed into the Adjutant on the 31st Oct 1814

By Order

Lew. Morgan Lieut. Arty. A. A. A. Genl

Adjutant General's office Fort Malden Oct 31 1814

Detachment Orders.

The Muster that was ordered of the Troops this day is postponed until the 9th of Novemb next when it is expected at all the Troops will appear with their clothing arms &c &c in the best possible order -

By Order

Lew. Morgan Lieut. Arty. A. A. A. Genl

Fort Malden Oct 30th 1814

Regimental Orders

The respective Officers of the 16th regt D. M. will at revelee beating Cause their rolls to be called they will also at ten Oclock in the fore noon of each day have their men paraded and take themThrough the regular exercise and take them through the regulr Exercise for one hour the captains will also at the beating of the retreat have their respective rolls Called and have them again taken through the regular or necessary exercise each captain will also strictly observe to read or cause to have red the Articles of war to his Company on the sixth November next

Stephen Thrasher Majr Commanding 16th regt Ky. D. Militia
Adjt Generals Office Fort Malden 3 November 1814

Detachments Orders

Major Stephen Thresher of the 16 regt Ky. Mi. will have detailed one com pany Captain two Lieuts two Ens four sergeants four Corporals and one hundred Privates to hold themselves in readiness to march at a moments warning - The major will him -self command the detachment Dr. Frazer will act as surgeon and Lieut. Morgan of the Arty. as Adjt to the detachment

Lew Morgan Lieut Arty A. A. A. Genl

Fort Malden Nov. 7th 1814

Regimental Orders

The commandant of the 16 regt Ky Mi. viewing the dangerous and unsoldier like practice of Centinels, kindling fires and sitting down while on post; Orders that the Officer of the day immediately have the fires round the lines extinguished, and confine every sol= =dier on post that is found sitting or kinding fire- Joseph Kennedy Major commanding 16 reg By M. D.

Fort Malden 9 Nov. 1814

Regimental Orders/ The Captain of Companies will at ten Oclock tomorrow parade their respective companies on the green about the fort and see that their men are clean their arms and accoutrements in perfect good order

Joseph Kennedy Major 16 regt [?]
Fort Malden 10 Nov. 1814

Detachment Orders.

At a General Courtmartial of which Major Kennedy was President, was tried Ensign Heason Talbot of Capt Forest Company, of 16th regt Ky. Mi. Charged by Capt J Ellis as Officer of the Day, on the 9th Oct last viz. 1st for unofficer like Conduct, for sleeping on his post; and 2ndly for refusing to parade the Guard on the 9th Oct A. M. between the hours of 12 & 1 at the Guard fire, when ordered by the Officer of the day- It would appear by the proceedings that the prisoners, Ensign Talbot, Came before the Court to answer to the Charges exhibited against him, and made no objections to any of the members composing it; but here I must observe that the court implicated itself in the further prosecution of their dutyThey proceeded to the examination of witnesses, and the passing of a sentence without putting the prisoner to his place, thereby preventing him from using those advantages which the Law guaranteed him. He will therefore as his trial has not been formal and just, resume his sword and return to the line of his duty

The Court then proceeded to the trial of Lieut. Henry Wood, Charged with unofficer like conduct; for allowing this guard or part thereof, to leave the Guard fire in violation of a positive order of the Officer of the day - But as the court have committed the same error in this trial as as in the foregoing one; Lileut. Wood is therefore or =dered to resume his sword and return to the line of his duty - After which the court proceeded to the trial of Capt S Goodan, Charged with unofficer like conduct, for signing false reports of his company on the mornings of the 4th and 5th Inst To which charge the prisoner pleaded "not guilty"- The Court after mature deliberation on the testimony adduced in support of the above charge,
find Capt S Goodan guilty, and sentence him to be publickly reprimanded; but it appearing to the commanding officer that Capt Goodan not knowingly, or intentionally commited the Aforesd Errors: he releaves him from the just sentence Censuyre of the Court- Capt Goodan will there fore resume his sword and return to the line of his duty-

The General Courts Martial of which Mr Kennedy is President is ordered to convene tomor -row at ten Oclock to try such prisoners as may be brought before them - By Order

James Newton A. A. A. Genl-


Gregg, Aaron, “Military order book for the 16th Kentucky Militia, 1814,” The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects, accessed June 21, 2024,