Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Unknown Report of the board of general officers for settling the rank of Colonels Crane, & Lamb

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01768 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript document Date: December 1782 Pagination: 1 p. ; 22.9 x 17.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Date added later in pencil. Marked "copy." Writes, "That Colo [John] Crane serving as a Captain with the Army from the 8th May 1775 by Virtue of a State Commission of that date, and a General Order, requesting such Officers, to send in their Commissions and receive others of the same date, ought to take precedence of Colo. [John] Lamb whose Commission as Captain in the Continental Army, bears date 30th June 1775. The also appears to this Board that Colo. Crane was Commissioned as Major in the Continental Army the 1st of January 1776, and Colo. Lamb appointed to a Majority the 9th to take rank from the 1st Day of January 1776, from which the Board conceive that it could not be the intention of Congress, to Superceed Colo. Crane in the appointment of Colo. Lamb." Possibly one of the enclosures cited by John Lamb in GLC02437.01763.

People: Crane, John, 1744-1805
Lamb, John, 1735-1800

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyContinental CongressCongress

Sub Era: The War for Independence

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources