George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Peter Scull, 23 June 1779

From Peter Scull

War-Office [Philadelphia] 23d [June] 1779.


I have the honour to send your Excellency herewith several commissions for officers in the ninth pennsylvania regiment, and one for an officer in the eighth Connecticut regiment whose promotion took place from the resignation of Ltt Hitchcock, forwarded to this office some time since.1

The New Hampshire line & Spencer’s and the german regiments are commissioned, and I only wait for an opportunity of conveying them to General Sullivan.2 I have the honour to be with profound respect Your Excellency’s most hbl. serv.

P. Scull Secretary

ALS, DLC:GW. This letter is dated June from a notation on its docket.

1The enclosed commissions have not been identified. For the resignation of Lt. Lemuel Hitchcock, see Samuel Holden Parsons to GW, 23 May, and n.1 to that document. The officer commissioned in place of Hitchcock probably was Lt. Salmon Hubbell (c.1755–1830), who served as a private in the 7th Connecticut Regiment from July to December 1775 and became an ensign in the 8th Connecticut Regiment in January 1777. He was elevated to 2d lieutenant in that regiment in March 1778 and advanced to 1st lieutenant in spring 1779. Hubbell transferred to the 5th Connecticut Regiment in January 1781, was named regimental paymaster that November, and retired from the army in January 1783. A death notice printed in the New-York Spectator for 23 March 1830 reads that he participated “in the bold and desperate attack and capture of the fort at Stony Point, was the second or third man who entered the walls.”

2For the troublesome arrangement of the New Hampshire line, see GW to the Board of War, 1 June, and n.1 to that document, and Scull to GW, 4 June. GW had sent arrangements for the New Hampshire line, Col. Oliver Spencer’s Additional Continental Regiment, and the German Battalion, which have not been identified, in his letter to the Board of War of 9 June.

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