Candidates for Army Appointments
[Philadelphia, November–December, 1798]
|Clayborne2—a young man of respectable character good talents & was a Merchant|
|3||Nathan B Markland
|Clayborne. possesses qualifications for a valuable Officer surveyor young man of amiable Character & good talents|
|6||Charles Porter||Judge Anderson3—recommends him as well qualified respectable connexion & unexceptionable character||1|
Capt last war
|McKee4 officer during late war proper|
|Beyers5 to command a Company|
|Sevier6—conduct fair & respectable valuable & brave officer|
|1||Eli Hammond||Doct Williamson7—raised in the family of General Davidson8—passion for army & has shewn spunk in scouts against the Indians|
|3||Nathan B Markland
|Clayborne will accept Lty or Ensy young—amiable good talents surveyor|
Inquire of McKee
|C—— the same surveyor|
|5||William P Anderson
|C—— the same but lawyer was lately Atty of District|
|Judge Anderson well qualified for Lt good connection unexceptionable character||1|
|6||Hardman Stow||Judge Anderson well qualified for ensign good Con unexcept Car||1|
|Clayborne—deserving young man aimable will make a valuable officer Merchant with general confidence & esteem could recruit||2|
|Henly9—speaks well of his services to Commissioners|
|John McNairy10—young man of cleverness|
|John Sevier—discreet well educated alert would make a brave & valuable Officer friend to G||1|
|J Winchester11 of respectable family tolerable English education pride & ambition to make a good Officer||Ensign|
|12||Edmond P Gains
|G Sevier good family & connection friend to Government would make a useful & brave Officer|
AD, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
1. In this list of recommendations for Army appointments, those recommended have not been identified. Wherever possible, however, the individuals making the recommendations have been identified.
H, George Washington, and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney prepared this list, which is undated, during their meetings in Philadelphia.
2. From 1797 to 1801 William C. C. Claiborne was a Republican member of the House of Representatives from Tennessee.
3. In 1791 Joseph Anderson of Delaware became one of the United States judges of the Territory South of the River Ohio (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828), I. description ends , 77). In 1797 he was elected to the United States Senate from Tennessee to fill the vacancy caused by the expulsion of William Blount, and in 1798 he was elected to the Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Andrew Jackson. He was reelected to the United States Senate from 1803 to 1815.
4. John McKee was an agent to the Cherokee Indians.
5. James Byers of Tellico, Tennessee.
6. John Sevier.
7. During the American Revolution, Hugh Williamson was the surgeon general of the North Carolina troops. He was a Federalist member of the House of Representatives from 1789 to 1793, when he moved to New York City.
8. William Lee Davidson, who held the rank of brigadier general of the North Carolina militia at the close of the American Revolution, had died in 1781.
9. Colonel David Henley was the War Department’s agent for Indian affairs at Knoxville, Tennessee.
10. McNairy was the United States judge for the District of Tennessee.