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Collection Reference Number GLC02978.12
From Archive Folder Documents relating to the defense of Philadelphia 
Title Jonathan Williams to Robert M. Patterson regarding the formation of a corps of engineers and pioneers
Date 16 September 1814
Author Williams, Jonathan (1750-1815)  
Recipient Patterson, Robert Maskell  
Document Type Correspondence; Military document
Content Description Reports that the General Committee of Defence had an interview with the Pennsylvania governor about the formation of a corps of engineers and pioneers. Governor Simon Snyder agreed to commission them as volunteers that could be called into service under General Bloomfield. Lists names of men to be appointed and at what rank. Patterson is marked first, as a captain. Williams asks if Patterson will serve and select men to fill other ranks. Hopes Patterson, who was a professor, will not refuse on account of his lectures. Also notes that there will be no difficulty getting enough men.
Subjects War of 1812  Military History  Government and Civics  Education  Militia  Recruitment  
People Williams, Jonathan (1750-1815)  Patterson, Robert Maskell (1787-1854)  
Theme War of 1812; Government & Politics; Education
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Robert M. Patterson was a professor of natural and experimental philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, and was the chief engineer of the Corps of Field Engineers. Jonathan Williams was the chairman of the Committee of Defence.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859