Settling the Relative Rank of the Three Major Generals

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CollectionConnecticut Historical Society: Oliver Wolcott Jr. Papers. view image
PublicationGibbs, George, ed. Memoirs of the Administrations of Washington and John Adams, Edited from the Papers of Oliver Wolcott, Secretary of the Treasury. 2 Vols. New York: np, 1846. (no image)
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Date October 13, 1798
Author Name Timothy Pickering (primary) Location: Trenton
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary General Washington has agreed to accept his commission as Commander in Chief so long as Alexander Hamilton is appointed Inspector General and Charles C. Pinckney and Henry Knox appointed as the other two Major Generals. The President doubts the propriety of such appointments arguing that General Knox should have the highest rank. Nevertheless, the Secretary of War should inform the three generals of General Washington's decision
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Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; Timothy Pickering; Oliver Wolcott, Jr.; Benjamin Stoddart; William Wickham; John Adams; George Washington; Alexander Hamilton; Charles Cotesworth Pinckney; Henry Knox; Secretary of War; Secretary of Treasury; Secretary of State; Secretary of Navy; President United States; Major General; commander in chief of new army; ;
Related Places Virginia; New Jersey; Trenton; Mount Vernon;
Keywords nominations to senate; relative rank; ;
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