Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Bowman, 6 November 1779

To John Bowman

Wmsburgh Novr. 6. 1779.


I am to ask the favour of you to give notice to the officer recommended by you for the Western Battalions, that as soon as one half his Quota of Men is raised and delivered by you, he shall be entitled to his Commission. These Men are to make part of a Battalion, which will be commanded by Lieut. Colo. Knox, and which is to be stationed this Winter in Powels Valley. As this station is so very far from you, your officer is to march his Men to the falls of Ohio, and there do duty under Major Slaughter this Winter, but he is not actually to march till he shall have heard of Major Slaughters arrival at the Falls; in the mean time let him employ them in the best manner he can for the public service. Money for their Subsistence from the time you deliver them to the officer till he shall have carried them to their Rendezvous, will be lodged with Major Slaughter. The Subsistence account previous to their delivery to the officer you will settle with the auditors here. I am Sir Yr. very hble. Servt.,

Th: Jefferson

RC (InHi); in a clerk’s hand, signed by TJ. Addressed: “The County Lieutenant of Kentucky.”

John Bowman was county lieutenant of Kentucky (Lewis Collins, History of Kentucky, Louisville, 1877, p. 476). On 4 Nov., the House of Delegates empowered the governor to raise 100 men to be stationed as a garrison on the southeast side of the Falls of the Ohio or to be employed as the governor and Council judge most expedient (JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia (cited by session and date of publication) description ends , Oct. 1779, 1827 edn., p. 40; see also TJ and Council, Orders for the Defense of the Western Frontier, 23 July; Notes and Plans for Western Defense, same date; TJ to William Preston, 7 Aug.; TJ to Certain County Lieutenants, 6 Nov.; TJ to David Shepherd, 13 Nov. 1779).

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