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Col. Gansewort has applied to me on a subject, which I am under a necessity of referring to Congress, as they are alone competent to decide upon it.
On the 4th of October 1777 they were pleased to pass a resolution of thanks to him for his bravery and performance in the defence of Fort Schuyler—appointing him, by way of reward, Colonel Commandant of the same. He also received a special commission as "Colonel Commandant of Fort Schuyler."
It happens that Col. Ganzevort being junior to Colonel VanSchaick and Cortlandt has been obliged to retire on the new arrangement; but he conceives that a general regulation of this kind does not vacate a commission granted by special authority and for a special reason; and he therefore still considers himself as an officer in service.
I shall be happy to know the sense of Congress on this point as soon as may be convenient. I have the honor to be With perfect respect Yr Excellency’s Most Obed & hum. St
DLC: Papers of George Washington.