§ From Joseph H. Macklefrith
23 April 1810, Fort McHenry. Rumors that provisional army is to be disbanded prompts this request for a discharge from the Fifth Infantry Regiment. Macklefrith (a sergeant) must properly care for his family. If the country were endangered or lacked an army, “I should prefer the Cause of my Country to that of my family but its to the reverse.”
RC (DNA: RG 107, LRRS, M-177:5). 3 pp. Docketed by a War Department clerk as received 28 Apr. 1810.