George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Ensign Levi Bowen, 7 September 1775

From Ensign Levi Bowen

Roxbury Camp [Mass.] 7 September 1775

Admits being absent without leave from Col. David Brewer’s regiment1 because of “a Letter Recd from my Family, specifying that they where in a Poor state of Health, and knowing if that was the Case, that they Could not Do without my Assistance. . . . On my Return, my Collo. as was his Duty has Ordred me Under an Arrest, and am at Present Confined to my Tent.” He asks to be released from arrest and dismissed from the army.


A general court-martial convicted Levi Bowen of Rehobeth, Mass., of being absent without leave, and on 11 Sept. he was cashiered (General Orders, that date).

1The Massachusetts provincial congress commissioned David Brewer of Kingston a colonel in the colony’s forces on 17 June 1775. A court-martial later found him guilty of fraudulent practices, and on 24 Oct. GW approved the court-martial’s sentence dismissing Brewer from the army (General Orders, 23, 24 Oct. 1775).

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