George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Lieutenant William Cochran, 11 October 1775

From Lieutenant William Cochran

[C.11 October 1775]. Petitions for discharge from the army. “Your petitioner enter’d into the Service in the Capacity of a second Lieutenant—He was willing to risque his Life in Defence of our common Liberties—But He unhappily finds his Strength insufficient for the Fatigues of a Camp. His Health has been very much impaired, And he is unable to do his Duty as He would wish to do.”

D, DLC:GW. The context suggests that this undated petition was written about 11 October. Col. Paul Dudley Sargent added a note to this petition supporting Cochran’s request for a discharge.

William Cochran (Cochrane; 1738–1779), a second lieutenant in Sargent’s Massachusetts regiment, was discharged on 11 October.

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