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Unknown [Rules for enlisting men for service]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.08189 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Printed document Date: circa 1777-1786 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Provides a set of guidelines for enlisting men into the service. Includes rules stating "Neither Negroes, Mulattoes, or Indians, shall be inlisted [sic] in the Service of the United States. Every Man under five Feet six Inches in Height shall be refused. No Man under sixteen, or above forty-five Years of Age, shall be inlisted [sic]. Every Man, who shall be inlisted [sic], must be robust and perfectly formed, with Respect to his Body, Limbs and Organs, and in full Health." Circa date is based on reference to \93Col.\94 Jackson in the docket. This most likely pertains to Henry Jackson, who held the rank of colonel from 1777-1784. He was a colonel in the militia prior to 1776, but document must post-date that as it refers to the \93United States of America.\94


Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Military History, Recruitment, African American History, African American Troops, American Indian History

Sub Era: The War for Independence