George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Caleb Gibbs, 1 December 1783

1 December 1783

By His Excy G. Washington Esq. Gen. & Commander in Chief of the Forces of the United States &c.

In consequence of the zeal & well–known services of MajorC. Gibbs, I have thought proper to Certify that the Said Major Gibbs entered the American service as a Volunteer & was at the Battle of Lexington April 19th 1775, On the 24th of the same Month was appointed an Adjutant; in June 1776 was appointed a Lieut. & Adjt; in the Month of March following was promoted to be Captain of the Commander in Chief’s Guards; On the augmentation of that Corps, in the Month of July 1778he was promoted to a Majority, and in Octr 1778 was arranged in the Masstts Line—And I do hereby further Certify & make known, that the said Major Gibbs while connected with my family, and on all occasions as far as came within my: knowledge behaved with propriety & honor—that he several times performed the duty of a temporary Aid with fidelity and intelligence—and that having been present at various Skirmishes & Actions he always conducted himself as a brave & discreet Officer. Given under my hand & Seal at New York Decr 1st 1783.

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