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Sumner, Jethro (1733-1785) to Richard Caswell

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02498.13 Author/Creator: Sumner, Jethro (1733-1785) Place Written: Camp at Halifax, North Carolina Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 April 1777 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 23.4 x 18.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by Colonel Sumner to North Carolina Governor Caswell. Encloses a list of officers, their ranks, and appointments as of the 16 April 1777. Also encloses a return of the 3rd Regiment and the names of officers he is taking northward (both lists are not included). Says the regiment has suffered by enlistment of soldiers in the service of South Carolina and Georgia as well as by desertion. Wants a system established that will deter civilians from harboring deserters. In the fall of 1777 Sumner took part in the battles of Brandywine and Germantown and wintered with his regiment at Valley Forge.


Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarMilitary HistoryMuster Rolls and ReturnsContinental ArmyMilitiaDesertionMilitary Law

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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