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Collection Reference Number GLC01450.169.04
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1787 
Title Archibald Belneavis to Lieutenant General Cunningham about his time fighting in the Revolutionary War
Date 26 October 1787
Author Belneavis, Archibald (fl. 1776-1787)  
Document Type Correspondence; Military document
Content Description Written by Captain Lieutenant Belneavis to Lieutenant General Cunningham before both men were to depart for the West Indies. Says before he is to join the 45th Regiment of Foot, which is under Cunningham's command, he conceives it his duty to mention a few particulars of his service in order to promote a possible promotion. Said he went to America in 1776 and joined the 71st Regiment of Foot and fought in all their campaigns, both North and South. Says he served at the capture and defense of Savannah and the seizure of Charleston. Also served under Cornwallis in North and South Carolina and was with him when he surrendered at Yorktown. In March 1782 he was appointed Captain Lieutenant and was put on half-pay when his unit disbanded in 1784. Says he has been trying to get back into active service ever since and has finally succeeded in getting into Cunningham's unit. Because of his length of service hopes that no one will be promoted to captain before him.
Subjects Global History and Civics  Military History  Revolutionary War  Caribbean  Battle  Surrender  Soldier's Pay  Battle of Charleston  Battle (Siege, Surrender) of Yorktown  
People Belneavis, Archibald (fl. 1776-1787)  
Place written London, England
Theme The American Revolution; Foreign Affairs
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859