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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) [Certificate for Major Stephen Rochefontaine]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02721 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph document signed Date: 29 October 1783 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 33.9 x 21.1 cm.

Certifies Major Stephen Rochefontaine as a member of the Corps of Engineers. Noted as a copy on the docket.

Rochefontaine was born Etienne Bechet, Sieur de Rochefontaine and anglicized his name to Stephen in 1792 when he returned to the United States after serving in his native France following the American Revolution. He also served as the Chief of Engineers, appointed by George Washington, from 1795-1798.

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