George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 19 October 1780

Camp, Bergen County 19th Octo. 1780


Monsieur Garranger has sollicited me to write to Your Excellency in his behalf. This gentleman was directed by the honorable Congress, nearly two years ago, to repair to camp, and to serve in such capacity as Your Excellency might judge proper. Accordingly he has been with the Army for the greater part of the last and present campaigns, desirous of an opportunity to signalize himself, but unfortunately no such instance has presented.

His abilities in the theory of the respective branches of artillery appear to be good, and might be of service in assisting to diffuse a knowledge of the proper principles amongst the young officers; which, together with the misfortunes he has experienced in his zeal for the cause of America, of being taken prisoner by the enemy, and repeatedly losing his effects, entitle him to a favorable attention. His wishes appear to be bounded by certificates of his conduct after he shall have evinced his talents and ardor in the service, and such brevet rank upon his return to France as he may be thought to have merited.

As he declares he is not anxious for rank at present, and there is a prospect of active operations to the southward, I think it probable that his knowledge of artillery, particularly of throwing shells, may be of utility to the services in that quarter. I have the honor to be with the highest respect, Your Excellency’s most obedt servt

H. Knox

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