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Bird, John (d. 1777) [Certification of arrival of recruits]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04764.23 Author/Creator: Bird, John (d. 1777) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Document signed Date: 27 March 1777 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Certificate written in a secretarial hand for Bird as Lieutenant Colonel in 15th Regiment of Foot. Certifies that John Beamont and James Watson, recruits from the 24th Regiment of Foot, have joined his 15th Regiment. Bird died on 4 October 1777 at the Battle of Germantown.

People: Kingston, Robert M.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Military History, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Recruitment, Muster Rolls and Returns

Sub Era: The War for Independence