George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate, 2 June 1790

To the United States Senate

United States [New York]

Gentleman of the Senate,June 2nd 1790.

The Troops at present in service consisting of one regiment of Infantry and one Battalion of artillery were apportioned by the acts of the former Congress on the States of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; and as the Officers of said troops are in actual service, I nominate them, as in the list hereunto annexed, according to their ranks respectively, for appointments under the act for regulating the military establishment of the United States, passed the 30th of April 1790.1 And as the said act requires an additional number of officers for one battalion of Infantry, I nominate, under the head of “New-Appointments” in the annexed list, the officers for the same from Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia; it being proposed to raise the said battalion in those States.

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Infantry
Officers in Service
Rank Names State
Lieutenant colonel commandant. }
Josiah Hermer.
Brigadier General by brevet 31 July 1787 Pennsylvania
Majors John Palsgrave Wyllys Connecticut
John F. Hamtramck New York
Captains 1 David Zeigler Pennsylvania
2 Jonathan Heart Connecticut
 
3 David Strong ditto
4 William McCurdy Pennsylvania
5 John Mercer New Jersey
6 John Smith New York
7 Joseph Ashton Pennsylvania
8 Erkuries Beatty ditto
Lieutenants 1 Thomas Doyle Pennsylvania
2 John Armstrong ditto
3 Ebenezer Frothingham Connecticut
4 John Pratt ditto
5 William Kersey New Jersey
6 William Peters New York
7 Jacob Kingsbury Connecticut
8 Ebenezer Denny Pennsylvania
Ensigns 1 Cornelius R. Sedam New Jersey
2 Nathan McDowell Pennsylvania
3 John Jeffers Connecticut
4 Abner Pryor New York
5 Asa Hartshorne Connecticut
6 Robert Thomson Pennsylvania
7 Jacob Melcher ditto
8 John Morgan New Jersey—Vice Francis
Luce resigned 1st May 1790.
Surgeon Richard Allison Pennsylvania
Mates John Elliott New York
John M. Scott New Jersey
New Appointments
Major Alexander Parker
Virginia }
Maryland
North Carolina officers who served in the late war
Georgia
Virginia
Georgia
North Carolina
Maryland
Virginia
ditto
ditto
Captains 1 Alexander Trueman
2 Joseph Monfort
3 Michael Rudolph
4 Ballard Smith
Lieutenants 1 Thomas Martin
2 Thomas Pasteur
3 Mark McPherson
4 John Steel
Ensigns 1 Richard Archer
2 Thomson Seayres
[Ensigns] 3 Ezekiel Polke North Carolina
4 James Clay Georgia
Artillery
Officers in Service
Major Commandant John Doughty New Jersey
Captains 1 William Ferguson Pennsylvania
2 James Bradford New York
 
3 Henry Burbeck Massachusetts
4 Joseph Savage ditto
Lieutenants 1 Mahlon Ford New Jersey
2 Derick Schuyler New York
3 John Pierce Massachusetts
4 Moses Porter ditto
5 William Moor ditto
6 Mathew Ernest New York
7 Ebenezer Smith Fowle Massachusetts
8 Edward Spear Pennsylvania
Surgeons Nathan Hayward Massachusetts
Mate

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LS, DNA: RG 46, First Congress, 1789–91, Records of Executive Proceedings, President’s Messages—Executive Nominations; LB, DLC:GW.

1For the Military Establishment Act, signed into law by GW on 30 April 1790, see DHFC, description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791. 20 vols. to date. Baltimore, 1972—. description ends 5:1274–1301. GW’s letter and list of nominees were presented to the Senate on 2 June and confirmed the next day (DHFC, description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791. 20 vols. to date. Baltimore, 1972—. description ends 2:71–74).

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