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Statement Concerning James Ledlie, 11 February 1777

Statement Concerning James Ledlie

Philadelphia, February 11, 1777. “From the general character of Mr. James Ledly and from my own Observations…, I have all Reason to Believe him Discreet well Behaved man and a good Soldier.…”1

Copy, Reel 91, Item 78, II, p. 311, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives.

1Ledlie was master-at-arms of the Repulse, a xebec in the Continental Navy.

The statement printed above appears in a report of Ledlie’s court-martial in which he was tried for desertion and for taking four muskets and four cartridge boxes. H’s statement was written before Ledlie’s offence was committed and before the court-martial on November 25, 1777. Ledlie was found guilty and was sentenced “to be hung off the Yard Arm of any Continental Vessell …” (DS, Reel 91, Item 78, II, p. 311, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives).

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