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Letter, W.D. Beall to George Fayette Washington, 1834 January 17

 Item — Box: 57, Folder: 1834.01.17
Identifier: A-698

Scope and Contents

A.L.S. 3 pages. Georgetown. Answers inquiry of [nephew of Geo. A. Washington] regarding military rank and bounty claim of Geo. A. W-n--"It appears from the rolls furnished the War Dept that Maj. W[ashington] was returned as a Lieutenant at the close of the war, which was probably the rank he held in the Regiment from which he was taken to perform the duty of Aid de Camp. According to the existing military laws the appointment of Aid gives the title of Major without the command or compensation, and officers, upon relinquishing that Situation, which is frequently the case, return to duty in their regiments with the rank held before leaving them. Upon disbanding the Army, I presume, therefore, that the officers were mustered out of service according to their regimental rank and not agreeably to the rank held in the Staff."--Maj. W. entitled to 2666 2/3 acres Va. bounty land--State troops already pd. in lands by govt. but not Continental troops, of which Maj. W. seems to have been member. Autograph letter signed, watermark (P and C).


  • 1834 January 17


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From the Collection: 22.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Box: English

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