Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Henry Dearborn, 17 February 1808

February 17th. 1808


Under existing circumstances, I take the liberty of proposing for your concideration the propriety of suggesting to Congress the expediency of authorising the raising a body of regular troops, as stated below, and the forming and organizing of 24,000 volunteers, on the principles I have heretofore had the honor of stating to you.—

Regular troops to be ingaged for five years, unless [sooner] discharged.—

5 Regiments of Infantry, consisting of 800 men each, exclusive of Commission’d officers 4,000
1 Regt. of Horse Artillery 800
1 Regt. of Riflemen 800
1 Regt. of Cavalry, 8 Companies of 50 men each, exclusive of Commis’d Offcrs. 400

the President of the U.S. to be authorised to appoint one field officer to each Regt. and two officers to each Company, for the purpose of commencing the recruiting services without delay, and to appoint the other field and Company officers at his discretion, and to be also authorised to appoint four Brigadier Genls and the necessary Staff & Hospital officers, if circumstancies shall be such as to require it.—the volunteers should be ingaged to serve in their respective States & Territories, and in the adjoining States or Territories.

with the highest respect I am Sir Your Obedt. Sevt.

H. Dearborn

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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