Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Henry Dearborn, 4 March 1803

From Henry Dearborn

War Department
4th. March 1803.


Walker K. Armistead, a Cadet in the Corps of Engineers, having on examination, received honorable testimonials of his progress in science and of requisite qualifications to sustain a Commission in the Army of the United States, I take the liberty of proposing to your consideration, the appointment of said Armistead, as a second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers.

With high consideraton &c.

FC (Lb in DNA: RG 107, LSP). Recorded in SJL as received from the War Department on 4 Mch. with notation “nomn Armistead.”

The following day, 5 Mch., Dearborn wrote walker k. armistead to inform him that the president had approved his appointment. Armistead would go on to serve as chief engineer of the U.S. Army from 1818 to 1821 (DNA: RG 107, LSMA; 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 , 1:169).

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