George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the Board of War, 27 July 1779

To the Board of War

Head Quarters West Point July 27th 1779.


I have the honor to inclose you an extract of a letter which I have lately received from Major General Gates, on which the Board will be pleased to direct the necessary measures—I have requested General Knox to send a proper person to inquire into the administration at Springfield; and to have the abuses rectified, so far as it may be done without interfering with the establishment of the department.1

General Knox has reported on the subject of Mr Garanger, that he may be usefully employed in the Artillery with the rank of Captain in the army, but without any particular rank or command in the line of Artillery. The officers of Artillery are very tenacious of their privileges and2 jealous of the introduction of new men into their corps; and not only their services deserve consideration; but it would be inexpedient to excite any discontents among them. Mr Garanger from his knowlege of the theory and practice of Artillery may be useful, but he must be employed with caution and management. He may have an appointment to a captaincy in the army of the United States and the Board may direct the commanding Officer of Artillery to employ him in such manner as he shall judge beneficial to the service.3 I have the honor to be With very great respect & esteem Gentlemen Your most Obed. svt.

Df, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; copy (extract), DNA:PCC, item 147; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1The enclosed extract has not been found, but see Horatio Gates to GW, 18 July, and GW to Gates, 25 July, and n.5 to that document. Gates had complained about the handling of ordnance stores in the eastern department and work disruptions by artificers upset with their rations at Springfield, Massachusetts.

2At this place on the draft manuscript, Hamilton initially wrote and then struck out the word “very.”

3For Lewis Garanger’s efforts to secure an appointment in the Continental artillery corps, which ultimately proved unsuccessful, see Henry Knox to GW, 28 Jan., source note; Board of War to GW, 11 June, and n.1 to that document; and GW to the Board of War, 23 June, and n.1 to that document.

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