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.