Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Gill, 6 December 1808

South Carolina Chester District December 6th. 1808


As there is now a call for Officers and soldiers to be employed in the service of the United States, I feeling a desire to be engaged in active military duty towards my Country, solicit the appointment of a commission in the military forces, which are raising throughout the United States. I am about forty five years of age, and have served in our last Revolutionary war. I am now invested with the command of a Colonel in the Fifth Regiment of Cavalry, in So. Carolina, in which office I have been for many years past. As I begin to perceive that the effects of my age are a little detrimental to my being in the Cavalry, I should wish to be placed in the Infrantry. Should there still be vacant offices in that part of the Forces, now raised or to be raised hereafter, I shall willingly accept whatever appointment, the grade I have hitherto bourne, and the services I have done my Country, should be thought to merit

I am respectfully yours &c

George Gill

An intimate knowledge of and acquaintance with Colonel Gill induce us the undersigned to recommend him as a Gentleman who we think would ably fulfil his duty, in any military grade to which he might be appointed in the service of the United States

John Drayton

Paul Hamilton

PHi: Daniel Parker Papers.

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