George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel Samuel Wyllys, 13 April 1776

From Colonel Samuel Wyllys

Norwich [Conn.] 13 April 1776. Recommends that the bearer Lieutenant Huntington be promoted to captain in place of Captain Wells who has been appointed a major.1


1For the controversy over Ebenezer Huntington’s earlier appointment as a lieutenant, see GW to Joseph Spencer, 26 Sept. 1775. Huntington obtained the vacant captaincy in Colonel Wyllys’s 22d Continental Regiment over a rival candidate in May of this year (see Nathanael Greene and Lord Stirling to GW, 18 May 1776). Levi Wells (1734–1803) of Colchester, Conn., became major of Wyllys’s regiment after his predecessor, Return Jonathan Meigs, was captured at Quebec. Wells was taken prisoner at the Battle of Long Island on 27 Aug. 1776 and was exchanged in December 1777. He subsequently commanded a Connecticut state regiment with the rank of lieutenant colonel and was captured again near Greenwich, Conn., in December 1780.

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