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Date Title Author Recipient Summary
October 31, 1799 Arrangement of Rank of Colonels and Majors Alexander Hamilton Nathan Rice "No particular rules were laid down for the government of the colonels and majors in the arrangement of rank as it was supposed that they would naturally take into consideration all circumstances which, in a military point of view, give one man the preference to another. Former service is certainly to have weight and, where there is no material difference of character, is to govern the decision....
September 9, 1799 Rules of Rank & Promotion Abraham R. Ellery [not available] President Adams (via Hamilton, in turn via Ellery) stipulates rules of rank and promotion in the U.S. Army. Establishes relative rank as it stood at the end of "the war," for those who served until its end and those who did not. Prescribes the line of promotion, including statement that the officer next in rank below a vacancy should be considered first for filling it, though this is subject to...
April 23, 1799 Relative Rank of the Field Officers of the New Regiments, Etc. James McHenry Alexander Hamilton McHenry wants Hamilton's opinion regarding the rule used to determine the relative rank of field officers in the new regiments and inquires as to whether there should be alterations in the rule regarding the officers who are above the rank of major.
March 19, 1800 Order of Rank Among Field Officers James McHenry Alexander Hamilton Explains that the rule prescribes that for all field officers who served during the Revolutionary War the relative rank of those of equal grade will be assigned according to their relative rank at the close of that war.
March 1, 1800 Relative Rank of Officers of the 9th Regiment Charles Cotesworth Pinckney Alexander Hamilton Pinckney requests a clarification regarding the relative rank of the officers of the 9th Regiment; it appears there is confusion regarding the rank of Major William Beal. Believed certain officers should have risen in rank by this time, discussed character of officers.
March 26, 1800 Relative Rank of the Field Officers James McHenry Alexander Hamilton McHenry explains that seniority should be the basis of assigning relative rank to field officers within the regiments of infantry. If there are two majors, the senior major is assigned the higher rank.
May 9, 1799 Draft Letter [not available] [not available] Letter, discusses relative rank of officer re acceptance of commission.
September 6, 1798 Resolution of Relative Rank Issue; Threat of Resignation Over Implication in Supposed Intrigues James McHenry John Adams Notifies Adams that he will follow the president's prescriptions for assignments of relative rank for Generals Knox, Pinckney and Hamilton, dating their commissions in that order. Expresses shock at a potential implication that he has been involved in any "intrigue" surrounding the relative rank issue, and states that he will resign if Adams persists in believing this.
May 5, 1799 [PRIVATE] Rank and Commission George Washington James McHenry Relative rank of officers; remarks on Mercer's refusal of an appointment.
April 22, 1799 Numbering of Regiments & Its Effect on Relative Rank James McHenry John Adams Discusses need to number the new regiments, so that recruiting may begin and buttons may be issued, in a fashion that does not affect the relative rank of the officers now being appointed for those regiments. Dictates that the numbering of the regiments (and thus their lieutenant colonels) be geographical, starting with those recruited from the southernmost states. Discusses the overall system...
July 17, 1798 Relative Rank of Officers in the Provisional Army Alexander Hamilton Timothy Pickering Hamilton says that, if indispensable, he is willing to inhabit a lower rank than Knox but is not amenable to the same situation in relation to Pinckney. He is unwilling to occupy a lower rank to every officer who held superior rank in the Revolutionary War.
May 3, 1793 Legionville, Knox's Eastern tour, war in Europe, and Burbeck's rank John Stagg Henry Burbeck Letter, mentions affairs in Legionville, Knox's Eastern tour, war in Europe, and Burbeck's rank.
[not available] Certificate of military rank Joseph Carleton James McHenry Encloses a certificate of military rank, endorsed by Henry Knox.
January 15, 1799 Relative Rank of Captains in the Navy Captain Silas Talbot Alexander Hamilton Talbot complains to Hamilton about his placement in the relative rank of Captains of the Navy. He is particulaly displeased with the placement of Capt. Truxton above him .He argues that when an officer of the Navy is out of command his pay ceases but not his rank which should remain the same when his service recommences.
April 26, 1799 Rules for rank and promotion Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Discusses rules for rank and promotion.
August 29, 1798 Regarding Issue of Relative Rank Between Washington, Knox, Pinckney & Hamilton James McHenry John Adams Weighs the idea of presenting the names of the general officers of the army (Washington, Knox, Pinckney, and Hamilton) to Congress, specifically the idea of changing their relative order of rank. McHenry protests that their relative rank came from Washington, and he had no control over it. These men were asked for by Washington; a condition of his acceptance of army command was the right to...
March 18, 1800 Relative Rank of Field Officers Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Hamilton wants to be informed regarding the progress made in arranging the relative rank of field officers because they are naturally very anxious on this subject.
September 1, 1800 Suspicions Regarding a Gentleman High in Rank Joseph Williams Samuel Hodgdon Williams urges Hodgdon to investigate charges against an unnamed gentleman of high rank.
August 14, 1798 Questions of rank in the Provisional Army John Adams James McHenry Adams weighs in on Knox's complaint of the ranking of Major Generals for the Provisional Army, arguing that Knox should indeed rank next to Washington, with Pinckney and Hamilton below him. Until questions of rank are settled, Adams is of the opinion that no other general officers should be called into service. Also reaffirms Washington's right to appoint all his aids and secretaries.
September 15, 1799 Officers Listed in Comformity with Rules Relative to Rank and Promotion George Washington James McHenry Washington encloses to McHenry the enclosures in McHenry to Washington, September 3, 1799. Also encloses "A list of Lieutenant Colonels and Majors...ranked agreeably to the documents from the War Office and in conformity with the rules adopted by the President of the United States relative to rank and promotion in the Army."
May 16, 1788 Seniority of commissioned officers Peter Muhlenberg Josiah Harmar Letter, discusses rank of quota officers. The ranks of Denny and Spear to remain suspended until pretensions are laid out before the board. If Denny is senior officer, he may be commissioned accordingly.
July 3, 1799 Appoinment as Secretary to the Inspector General Alexander Hamilton Thomas Y. Howe Hamilton offers Howe an appointment as his secretary and regrets that, although the pay and emoluments are those associated with the rank of Captain, the appointment does not confer that rank.
October 4, 1799 Shoes, Pay, and Relative Rank Nathan Rice Alexander Hamilton Rice raises questions about the quality of shoes, pay of the troops, and relative rank.
January 13, 1799 List of North Carolinians Applying for Army Commissions William Davies [not available] Lists men by name, desired rank, and county or town of residence; includes brief remarks about the applicants.
March 6, 1800 Captain Bowman's Rank Alexander Hamilton Aaron Ogden Communicates appointment authorized by the Secretary of War.