Templeman, Samuel: Petition, Westmoreland County
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Who I know to be a young man of [illegible] abilities & firmness. Whith William McKenney who I knew to be a good shot and a fellow that would take orders. This being a Patrol tho small. I had great confidence in & tho small their district. I thought ought to be well observed & they were all residents of the same and of course, would know better how to proceed than strangers. The three Patrols I set out were all Present (Both officers & men) when I read to them the orders I had recd. of Col.o [Colonel] Garner, and in conformity to those orders I acted, and gave them the following Orders, "that the men should obey their commander and should they not, and any complaint be made, they would be dealt with as in actual service (which I then
considered them in)," to the Commanders of Patrols I gave orders that they should continually Patrol there respective districts with as much silence as possible & as much secrecy as in their power, to visit all suspicious places & take from all free negroes & slaves all arms ammunition & etc. and to stop in the night & examine all persons, whatsoever & should they refuse & after three times hailing as in actual service to bring them in dead or alive. Gerard McKenney Capt. 2nd Battalion IIIth Regt. Westmoreland County