James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John McCartney, 1 July 1815

Philadelphia July 1st: 1815.


Altho not having a personal Acquaintance, I have taken the liberty of addressing You. I Should feel My self Under many obligations if I Could be reignstated, provided, there Should any casualty Occur in the present Army Organization. It is altogether probable, I have not the Claims that some of my Brother Officers have on the Department--but as I have serv’d my Country, first as a Volunteer Under the Command of Capt. William Alexander, from Carlisle Pa--And afterwards has had the honor to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army--and having a pride in a military life, and a desire to remain in the Service, has Caused me thus to address you. As to my character and conduct as an officer while in the Service I enclose to you A copy of a letter, Recd: from my comdg officer on my being Releived. Should you think proper to confer the honor unto me Under those circumstances, it Shall be Gratefully Recd: I am Sir With Esteem Your Most obt. & Humble Servt:

John McCartney
Late Lieut 14th: Infty:

N.B. I Shall leave the City for my Nativity, Carlisle Pa, this Week.

DNA: RG 94--Letters Received by the Office of the Adjutant General.

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