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Hancock, John (1737-1793) [Commission for John Popkins as Captain]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.10002 Author/Creator: Hancock, John (1737-1793) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Printed document signed Date: 4 January 1776 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 25.3 x 38.9 cm.

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

People: Hancock, John, 1737-1797
Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Popkin, John, fl. 1771-1783

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: CongressContinental CongressArtilleryMilitary HistoryRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralContinental Army

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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