George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Allen McCoskry, 26 August 1780

Washington Augt 26th 1780

Hon’d Sir

Far be it from us to regret to have pass’d many more years in Obscurity at Washington near Carlisle; where we have been station’d these three years past (Officers of Col. Benjamin Flower’s Regiment of Artillery and Artificers) without a Murmur because we knew we were endeavouring to render every service in our Power to our Country.

But now we can no longer be silent but beg your Excellencies Notice. We behold a Campaign of Danger and Honour fast Approaching: we envy our Fellow Citizens and Officers who under your Excellency we hope with the blessing of God will be Crown’d with success. We will think our selves particularly Obliged to be ordered by your Excellency immediately to Camp; there to convince our Brethren in the Army that it was not to screen our selves from the Field of Battle or for the Love of Gain that we accepted of Commissions of Artillery and Artificers in the Armies of the United States of America. On the Contrary we expected before now to have been order’d to Camp. Our Soldiers are Able Bodied, brave Disciplined Troops, all of them enlisted for three Years, or during the War: One hundred or upwards with the Compliment of Officers are ready to March on the shortest Notice, we beg your Excellencys Patronage—We seem to be not only neglected, but forgot. Our Hearts burn with zeal for our cause and your Excellencies Success. If throwing our Mite into the Scale is worthy of Acceptance will peculirally Oblige your Excellencies most Obedt & very Humble Servts

Thos. Wylie, Capt.

Jno: Jordan, Capt.

James Gibson Capt.

George Norris, Lieut.

Saml A. McCoskry Surgn

Alexander Power Lieutt 2d

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