Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from John F. Hamtramck, 3 July 1800

From John F. Hamtramck1

Pittsburgh, July 3, 1800. Complains that when marching “at the head of a Column commanding a platoon, with the Music Before me” he could not make his orders heard over the noise of the band. States he “once … made my Sword perform the Duties of a Telegraphe” and proposes that “uniform Signals” be “established through the army.”

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Hamtramck was a lieutenant colonel of the First Regiment of Infantry and was stationed at Pittsburgh.

This letter was incorrectly addressed to H as inspector general of the Army, a position he no longer held. See H to Ebenezer Stevens, July 1, 1800, note 3.

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