George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Andrew Porter, 2 March 1782

Philadelphia March 2d 1782


It is with some degree of surprise that I find Captain Craig Claiming rank of me in the corps of artillery. This matter between us as well as all other Officers in said corps, having been fully inquired into by several boards of Officers appointed to settle relative rank, whose determinations were approved of by your Excellency. published in General Orders, as well as those Issued to the Brigade of Artillery; as will appear by the Return [   ] to the Board of War & Certified by the Honorable Brigadier General Knox; which settlement hath hitherto been considered a final determination, and the invariable rule for determining rank between all Captains in the Corps of Artillery.

Captain Craig ought to have been the last Captain in the Artillery to trouble your Excellency at so late a day—for, after the Board had settled his relative Rank; he in the Month of March or April 1780. procured a reconsideration of his Claims; and alledged that he ought to have been Arranged before me. the Board heard all that he could urge in his favour, & finally determined, me the 14th; and him the 19th Captain in the line of Artillery. I am with every sentiment of Respect & Esteem Your Excellency’s Obedient Servt

Andrew Porter

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