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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.10245
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0107] March 1792 
Title Advice regarding promotion in first and second regiments
Date 2 March 1792
Document Type Government document; Military document
Content Description Provides "facts and circumstances relative to the promotion shortly to take place in the first and second regiments, in order to enable you to make such determination as may best promote the public interest." Discusses the qualifications of Major Hamtramck, most likely John Francis Hamtramck, for the possible position of lieutenant colonel. States that he is "an excellent disciplinarian" but there are certain circumstances that might cause him to be passed for promotion. The first is his command against the Virmilion Towns where the militia displayed disorderly behavior, and the second is his retreat from Fort Jefferson. A Major Zeigler is also up for promotion and "while [his] fitness as a captain, and even a major is conceded, it is very questionable whether he has talents sufficient to command a regiment of the magnitude proposed." Mentions a disagreement with the Quartermaster general, Hodgdon. Goes on to describe others up for promotion and their qualifications and suitability for the open positions. Watermarked "C Patch."
Subjects Military History  Office Seeker  American Indian History  Northwest Territory  Frontiers and Exploration  Militia  
People Hamtramck, John Francis (1756-1803)  
Theme Government & Politics; The American Revolution; Native Americans
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Additional Information Hamtramck was a French-Canadian from Quebec who joined the Continental Army and became a decorated officer in the American Revolutionary War. He was later named lieutenant colonel in the Legion of the United States led by General Anthony Wayne to secure the Northwest Territory.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859