George Washington Papers

From George Washington to a Board of General Officers, 6 August 1779

To a Board of General Officers

Head Quarters West Point Augt 6th 1779


I beg leave to refer you to my letter of the 28th of May and to the papers therein contained for the subjects of your present deliberation. The Board, at their last meeting, seem to have mistaken the object of it, and to have imagined that it extended to the settlement of the relative rank of all the field officers of Artillery, which was not intended; but only that they should resume the consideration of the points submitted by the abovementioned letter.1

Agreeable to the request of the Board, General Knox has been directed to attend to give such information of facts as the Board may find necessary;2 and I inclose copy of the proceedings of a Board of General Officers held at White plains, as published in general orders the 15th of September 1778.

Inclosed is also a letter from Lt Col. Popkins, stating the pretensions of Col. Cranes regiment to rank.3 I have the honor to be Very respectfully Gentlemen Your most Obedt servant

Go: Washington

LS, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For the orders reconvening this board, see General Orders, 5 August. The board had been ordered to sit in May (see GW to a Board of General Officers, 28 May) and again in July (see General Orders, 8 July). The board reconvened on 8 Aug., and its determinations were published in general orders two days later (see Board of General Officers to GW, 8 Aug., and General Orders, 10 Aug.).

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