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Pettengill, Joseph (1753-1833) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02574 Author/Creator: Pettengill, Joseph (1753-1833) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph note signed Date: 28 September 1783 Pagination: 1 p. : address ; 15.5 x 21.6 cm.

States "Ensign Wardswell, has my approbation for taken with him, Peter Oliver who is at present useless to service..." Wardswell, of the 1st Massachusetts Regiment was apparently unfit for service to do "bodily indisposition," and was recommended for furlough. See GLC02437.02577.

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