James Madison Papers

Peter Gansevoort to William Eustis, 5 December 1811

Peter Gansevoort to William Eustis

Frederick Town 5 Decemr. 1811


It is intimated here, that the two senior Officers of the Light Artillery are soon to be appointed, and that in all probability, they will be selected from the line of the Army. I am not authorized to make any application in favor of Major Porter1 and indeed he is totally ignorant of this Letter, but as I discover great anxiety in him for promotion, particularly in the Artillery, I think it proper to mention the subject to you. He is too modest to do it himself, and as you are fully acquainted with his merits and service, it is only necessary for me to add that he is considered one of the most capable Officers in service for the corps already mentioned. I am respectfully Your Hume. Servant

P. Gansevoort

RC (DNA: RG 94, Letters Received, filed under “Porter”). Docketed by a War Department clerk as received 6 Dec. 1811 and readdressed by Eustis to “The President.” A note on the cover in Eustis’s hand reads:

Major Moses Porter of the Regt. of Artillerists to be

Colo. of the Regt. of Light Artillery.

He has been a Major 13 years

A captn.  9, 9 Mo.
A Lt 11,    
33, 9.

1JM nominated Moses Porter to the rank of colonel in the Light Artillery Regiment on 10 Mar. 1812 (Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 2:227).

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