American Revolutionary Army: "attempting to commit sodomy", March 14, 1778

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George Washington's general orders report the court-martial of Lieutenant Frederick Gotthold Enslin for attempted sodomy.

Head Quarters, V. Forge, Saturday, March 14, 1778: At a General Court Martial whereof Colo. Tupper was President (10th March 1778) Lieutt. [Frederick Gotthold] Enslin of Colo. Malcom’s Regiment tried for attempting to commit sodomy, with John Monhort a soldier; Secondly, For Perjury in swearing to false Accounts, found guilty of the charges exhibited against him, being breaches of 5th. Article 18th. Section of the Articles of War and do sentence him to be dismiss’d the service with Infamy. His Excellency the Commander in Chief approves the sentence and with Abhorrence and Detestation of such Infamous Crimes orders Lieutt. Enslin to be drummed out of Camp tomorrow morning by all the Drummers and Fifers in the Army never to return; The Drummers and Fifers to attend on the Grand Parade at Guard mounting for that Purpose.[1]

What happened to John Monhort is not reported.


  1. John C. Fitzpatrick, Editor. The Writings of George Washington From The Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799. Washington, D.C. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1934. Volume II, pages 83-84.

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Category:American Revolution

Category:Enslin, Frederick Gotthold

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