Lot 200: 1777 Document Establishing Connecticut Militia
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December 10, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Establishing Revolutionary War Militia Regiments In Connecticut
May 1777, Revolutionary War, Manuscript Document, Establishing Militia Regiments in Connecticut, Rare, Very Fine.
This Revolutionary War Era, handwritten document publishes a resolution from the Connecticut state assembly for the establishment of 2 battalions of militia to protect the coast and frontiers of the state from the British. This 8" x 6.5" document consisting of 1 sheet written on both sides, reads, in full (punctuation added):
"May, 1777. Resolved by this Assembly that for the more effectual defense of this state on the Sea Coast & Frontiers and to prevent Invasions and Depredations of the Enemy there be forthwith raised two Battalions to Consist of 728 men in each Battallion including officers; in which two Battallions shall be computed the troops that are already ordered to be raised and stationed in the service until the first day of January next unless sooner discharged by the General Assembly or His Honor the Governor and Council of Safety. That all noncommissioned Officers and Soldiers who shall Inlist into either of said Battallions by the 15th Day of July next shall be allowed and paid a Premium of Six Pounds L(egal) money, they Providing themselves with good and Sufficient arms, accoutrements, Blankits and Knapsacks; and such non-Commissioned officers and soldiers shall have the same wages and allowances for subsistence as by Congress allowed to the Continental Amy - provided that if said two Battallions shall not be filled up by the said 15th Day of July, it shall be in the power of the Governor with the advice of his Councill of Safety to discharge so many of the Commissioned, officers as are Supernumerary in proportion to the privates according to the rule lately adopted and established by Congress and such officers shall be allowed wages to the time of their discharge."
This document is docketed on the back: "Resolve of Assembly, 1777." There is some chipping to the bottom of this document, not affecting the writing, and a center fold separation at the bottom. Otherwise this document is intact, well written in dark ink, and in very nice condition. An important document with very significant content regarding the military regiments organized during the early years of the War for Independence.