Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Henry Dearborn, 16 April 1802

From Henry Dearborn

War Department. 16th. April 1802.


I take the liberty of proposing the following gentlemen as Ensigns in the Regiments of Infantry, in the service of the United States: (viz)

Simeon Knight Vermont 1st. Regiment
Joseph Dorr ditto. 1st. ditto.
George T. Ross Pennsyla. 2d. ditto.

Accept, Sir, the assurances of my high respect

H. Dearborn

RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Dearborn; at foot of text: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received from the War Department on 16 Apr. and “Nominations” and so recorded in SJL; also endorsed by TJ “Knight Simeon & others.” FC (Lb in DNA: RG 107, LSP); in a clerk’s hand.

Simeon KNIGHT and Joseph DORR received ensigns’ commissions dated 29 Apr. George Thompson ROSS had been a lieutenant of artillerists and engineers from December 1796 until his resignation in May 1801. On 3 May 1802, he was commissioned as an ensign and second lieutenant of the 2d infantry regiment (Heitman, Dictionary description begins Francis B. Heitman, comp., Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, Washington, D.C., 1903, 2 vols. description ends , 1:379, 606, 846).

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