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Richmond [ Virginia ] September 16, 1799 . “I have this day forwarded to the proper officer A return of my Regiment up to the 1st day of this month—the number returnd is only 133. I lament that our success has not been greater, but you may be assured that no blame ought to be ascrib’d to the Recruiting officers, they have been incessant in their labors. It is not easily to conceive the...
Since my letter to you covering the nomination of the Staff Officers of my Regt. and the Bond required of the Pay Master, I have received from the Treasury Department, money for recruiting Service, and an advance of four Mons. pay to the Officers; from the same Office, I received a blank Bond to be executed by the Pay Master, which differs in form with the One I inclosed to you; inasmuch as...
Having now the advantage of a short acquaintance with the Officers of my Regimt.; and an opportunity of obtaining full information of their Characters, am better prepared to make the arrangement of their rank as was proposed by you in a former letter. That we should be perfectly correct, cannot be expected but I am persuaded we are sufficiently so to justify the arrangement as is here...
Your last letter to me, contained information of the Secretary of War’s determination to appoint only two Cadets to a Regiment, and requested me to Select out of the number that had been recommended, two proper characters for my Regiment; In my Answer to that letter, I named Mr Simmons & Mr Beale as proper Characters; A few hours before I wrote that letter, I received information, that which I...
Richmond [ Virginia ] September 19, 1799 . “… Our recruiting instructions forbids recruiting Mulatto’s. As Batmen are allowed to officers, may not recruits of that description be taken for that purpose alone? They are better Calculated than the White natives of this Country for menial Service. Will an Officer who shall take a Servant with him, be intitled to draw rations for him? If this...
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letters of the 26th. & 30th of Septr. Agreeably to your instructions, I have ordered the recruits of my Regiment, to the Battalion Stations, except Capt. Caldwells, at Wheeling, which are too distant. I have drawn but one Officer from each Sub-Station, leaving the others, with a few Men and the hired Music, to prosecute the recruiting...
Richmond [ Virginia ] October 4, 1799 . “A few days before my arival at this place, some of the Troops of the Regimt. of Artillerists & Engineers, of Capt. Eddins’s Company, stationed at this place, were guilty of a most violent and flagrant breach of Civil Authority; the Circumstances were these; One of their new recruits was discovered to be a fugitive from justice, he had been committed to...
Richmond [ Virginia ] August 17, 1799 . “Yours of the 10 Ultimo notifying the appointments of the Medical Staff and the Com: officers to fill vacancies within my Regiment was received in proper time. The manner in which the vacancies were filled was unexpected to me, as well as to those who received the appointments; They all excepted to have been the junior officers of the regiment, and that...
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Private & Confidential letter of the 20th Ulto., on the Subject of naming proper characters from the grades of Majors, Captains & Lieutenants, for the department of the Inspectorship, or Quarter Master. This is a task as delicate as it is difficult; and it is with diffidence that I shall enter on it, least I should recommend a character that...
I am impatient to know what disposition is to be made this Winter, of the Recruits of my Regiment; I have before Written to you, and to the Secretary of War on the Subject, and am in hopes that the next post will furnish the information. Should it be determined on to Hut the Troops in some Convenient Woods, which to me seems the most eligible plan, we wall require some of those articles that...
Colo. Parkers complaint to you of my having fixed a recruiting Station within his circle, is a circumstance so unexpected, that I cannot help expressing concern on the occasion: I regret very much his disposition to swell into importance, a circumstance quite trivial in its nature; such conduct is only calculated to disturb the harmony of the military, which ought, if possible, to be preserved...
Agreeably to instruction from you, I have caused to be made Eagles & Cockades for my Regiment, and the accounts forwarded to Tench Francis Esqr. for payment; the Account for Eagles was yesterday returned to me; payment having been refused by Mr. Francis. Perhaps he is not apprized of Your having given instruction to provide them, I will thank you to write to him on the Subject. I shall direct...
Permit me to announce to you the resignation of first Lieut. Brewer Godwin; a circumstance not much to be regretted. there are several applicants at this time for Commiss on . whose pretensions are much fairer. This resignation with that of first Lieut. Crump which I announced to you in my last, makes now the only two vacancies in the Regiment. A Mr. Powell has been with me lately on the...
I have to apologize for not forwarding ere this a return of the recruits; I have not been able to make a compleat one, owing to the extent of my circle; two of my stations in the western part of the State are at least 400 miles from this place, and those stations not less than 300 miles from each other, these are the stations of Abington and Wheeling, the latter is within Colo. Parkers circle...
The resignation of Capt. Turner of my Regimt., has been long spoken of, but it was not untill yesterday that I was formerly announced of it; His letter states that he wrote his Non-acceptance early in March to the Secretary of War. It is extremely essential to the recruiting business that this, with other vacancies be imediately filled, for with all the advantages that we are entitled to, our...
Your circular of the 23rd. Ult., was received in proper time. The Hatts, which have Since come to hand for my regement, were precisely in the Situation anticipated by you, destitute of Cockades and Loops; and in conformity to your instructions, I have contracted for a Supply in this place, which will be ready in a few days; Binding of Hatts is exceedingly essential, inasmuch as it prevents...
I have this moment received your letter of the 13th Instant. The last paragraph of which, stating the communication from the Secy of War on the Subject of the Hatts which I had fitted under your authority for my Regiment, and the decision thereupon, is not only unexpected, but distressing; little did I expect that in doing this business, which was intirely out of my line, and of course could...
I have lately received a letter from Capt Eddins of the 2nd. Regimt. of Artillerists and Engineers, on the Subject of Cadet Cary & Sergeant Hacket of his Company, who were lately arrested by the Civil Authority in Richmond, for rescuing a fugitive from justice. Capt Eddins expressed a Wish that they should be Ordered to join their Company; he speaks of having had a Conversation with you...
When the 4. Mos. pay was forwarded for the Officers, no pay was contemplated for those who might be appointed to Succeed the Staff of the line nor for the Medical Staff; all of those will expect it, & some have made application; If an Advance to them is Contemplated, I would wish that Orders were given for it. A pay roll has been spoken of by some of the Officers, and some of the recruits are...
Major Campbell of the 8th. Regemt., has expressed to me his wish to get an appointment in the line of Inspectorship, and requests me to address you on the Subject; If any thing that I can say in favor of Major Campbell shall have wait with you I shall feel infinite pleasure in being Servicable to him: My acquaintance with Major Campbell from the revolutionary war, to the present time, leaves...
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your Circular of the 7th Instant noticing the Conduct of Some Officers in expressing their Opinions on the quality of the Cloathing in the presence of the Soldiers. I am too conscious that the Cause of this rebuke did not originate with us; to feel any Concern at it; Such Conduct would have been reprehensible, had there been just Cause of Complaint; but I...
Your circular letter of the 23rd of March, was received about the middle of April; I gave it immediate attention, and by letter to each Officer forwarded ⅌ Post, called a Meeting of those who are to compose my Regiment, to be had on the 15th of the present Month (May) at Richmond; the dispersed Situation of the Officers, would not admit of an earlier Meeting. As soon as it is had, and the...
At the very moment that I was about to Communicate to you the result of the Meeting of the Officers of my Regiment on the Subject of the Staff Appointments, Yours of the 6th Instant was handed to me by Colo. Carrington. I expect you have received by this, mine of the 3rd Instant, accounting for the Cause Complained of by you, of my not Answering your Several letters; In addition thereto, let...