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Hancock, John (1737-1793) [Commission for William Burbeck as First Lieutenant Colonel]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.10001 Author/Creator: Hancock, John (1737-1793) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Printed document signed Date: 1 January 1776 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 25 x 39.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Partially-printed document signed. Countersigned by Charles Thomson, Secretary of the Continental Congress. Burbeck is commissioned to serve in the artillery regiment commanded by Henry Knox.

People: Hancock, John, 1737-1793
Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824
Burbeck, William, 1716-1785
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: ArtilleryContinental ArmyMilitary HistoryRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralCongressContinental Congress

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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