Matthias Ogden, Colonel of the 1st New Jersey Continentals, was once again in hot water. This time it was not for the "pernicious vice of gaming" which earned him a severe reprimand from General Washington in general orders, but for being - quite literally - in the wrong place at the wrong time.
From army headquarters in Totowa in northeast New Jersey, George Washington issued the following orders on November 6th, 1780:
The General has just received information that Colonel Ogden and Captain Dayton who were in Elizabeth Town, were taken last night in their beds by the Enemy. A convincing proof that they have the most minute intelligence of every thing that passes in that place and that it is dangerous for an officer (except with a guard or under sanction of a flag) to remain there during the night; He has assured the Officers in General Orders that if any of them are taken out of the line of their duty and by their own imprudence that their Exchanges shall be postponed while there is an officer remaining in Captivity
of their rank. He again repeats this in most solemn terms, with this further declaration that whenever they are exchanged, they shall be arrested and a full investigation had into the circumstances of their capture. The General means this as a caution to the army, not as a reflection upon the present conduct of Colonel Ogden who he has reason to believe was in the execution of business by proper authority: He is yet uninformed of the reason of Captain Dayton's being at Elizabeth-town.