James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Armstrong, 19 February 1814 (Abstract)

From John Armstrong, 19 February 1814 (Abstract)

§ From John Armstrong. 19 February 1814, War Department. “I have the honor to request that you will be pleased to order the Brevet-rank of Brigadier General to be conferred on Colonel Joseph G. Swift of the Corps of Engineers in the Army of the United States, under the provision of the act of July 6. 1812, authorizing the President to confer brevets for meritorious conduct.”1

Adds in a postscript: “Note. Jos: Swift is elder in rank than either of the Gentlemen named as Brigadiers of the line.”

Letterbook copy (DNA: RG 107, LSP). 1 p.

1Armstrong referred to the fourth section of “An Act making further provision for the Army of the United States, and for other purposes” (U.S. Statutes at Large, description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America … (17 vols.; Boston, 1848–73). description ends 2:784–85). Swift was breveted as a brigadier general on 19 Feb. 1814 (Heitman, Historical Register, description begins Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, from Its Organization, September 29, 1789, to March 2, 1903 (2 vols.; 1903; reprint, Baltimore, 1994). description ends 1:941).

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