George Washington Papers

Memorandum, 17 September 1755


[17 September 1755]

 Lieutt Colo.—Adam Stephen Andrew Lewis—Major
Captains Lieutenants Ensigns
1st Peter Hogg 2 Jno. McNeill 12–1st4 Thomas Carter
 2 George Mercer 3 William Starke 3d–2 [Edward] Hubbard
 3 Thomas Waggener 4 Thomas Bullet 4th–3 Jno. Dean
 4 Robert Stuart 5 Walter Stuart 2d–4 William Dangerfield
 5 Thomas Cocke 6 Jno. Blagg 5th–5 Nathaniel Milner
 6 John Savage 7 Hancock Eustace 1st–6 Mordaica Buckner
William Bronaugh1 8 George Frazier 13–7 Charles Smith
 7 John Mercer 9 Jno. Edwd Lomax 6–8 [William] Flemming
 8 Joshua Lewis 10 Peter Steenbergen 7–9 [Leonard] Price
 9 Henry Woodward 11 Jno. Williams 8th–10 Natl Thompson
10 Robert Spotswood 12 Aus. Brokenbourg 9–11 Alexr Stephn
11 Carter Harrison 13 Jno. Campbell 10–12 [John] Polson
12 Charles Lewis 14 Jno. King 11–13 George Hedgman
13 William Peachy 15 James Baker 14–14 [Lehaynsius] Dekizer
152 David Bell 16 [ ] Merriweather 15–15 [George] Gordon
16 Robert McKenzie Jno. Lowry3 16–16 [George] Weeden5


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AD, DLC:GW. This is written in GW’s hand almost certainly on 17 Sept. 1755 and probably emended on 18 Sept. On the reverse of the document appear the following notations: “Have the Arms all clean’d” and “Not to enlist Felons.”

1GW inserted William Bronaugh’s name here. Bronaugh’s promotion was announced on 18 Sept.

2GW originally listed Denis McCarty as captain no. 14 but struck his name. On 13 Jan. 1756 in a letter to Dinwiddie GW referred to McCarty as someone “who you once appointed a Captn.”

3GW drew a line through “1st William Bronaugh” at the head of the lieutenant’s column and added “Jno. Lowry” at the bottom.

4GW assigned new numbers to the ensigns in the left-hand column.

5On 9 Jan. 1756 when he issued his company assignments in the Virginia Regiment, he listed the 16 captains in the same order of seniority as here (with Henry Harrison replacing his brother Carter Henry Harrison), substituted John Hall for “Merriweather” among the lieutenants, and omitted the names of ensigns De Keyser, Polson, and Stephen, none of whom remained in the regiment.

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