George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel William Thompson, 14 October 1775

From Colonel William Thompson

Prospect Hill, 14 October 1775. Requests GW to accept Capt. Michael Doudel’s enclosed resignation and to appoint Lt. Henry Miller in his place. Doudel’s “Family Affairs will not admit of his continuing in the Service.”1

ALS, DLC: Peter Force Papers.

1Michael Doudel (Doudle, Dowdle), a captain in Thompson’s regiment of riflemen, was discharged on 15 Oct., and Henry Miller subsequently took command of his company. Doudel’s letter of resignation, dated 14 Oct., is in the Peter Force papers. GW’s unsigned certificate of good conduct for Doudle, dated “Head Quarters, Cambridge, October 15, 1775,” is printed in Fitzpatrick, Writings description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed. The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745–1799. 39 vols. Washington, D.C., 1931–44. description ends , 4:32: “These certify, that the bearer, Captain Michael Dowdie [sic] has served with credit and reputation, during the course of this campaign, was the first Captain that brought a company of Rifle men to the army and the first of that corps, who did execution against the enemy, he was this day, at his own desire, discharged, as it is inconvenient, to his private affairs to remain longer in the army; his services meriting this certificate of his good conduct, and behaviour. I have accordingly granted him the same.”

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