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    Revolutionary War General Edward Hand War-Dated Autograph Document Signed Three Times Mentioning Declaration Signer Benjamin Harrison "E Hand" twice and "Edw Hand". Two pages, 6.5" x 8", February 1778, to Sgt. J. Baynton, Paymaster, requesting funds for officer pay and a detachment, ink. The first page begins with the last portion of a longer document written and signed by Hand. This first part reads "...and two days to return home agreeable to the within abstract for which. Given at Fort Pitt 10. Feby. 1778 E Hand". Just below this text, General Hand continues with another request to the paymaster, which reads: "Sir, Please to pay to Lt. Col. John Gibson of the 13th Virga. Regt. £226:1716 Pennsa. Currency it being for his pay as Lt. Col. of the above Regt. from the 15th Nov. 1776 to the 12. Feby. 1778 inclusive agreeable to the above account for which this shall be your Warrt. Given at Fort Pitt 12. Feby. 1778 E Hand". The reverse of the document reads, in full: "Sir, Please to pay to Capt Benj[ami]n Harrison £1001:17:2 Pennsa. Currency it being for the pay of a Detachment of the 13th Virga. Regt. Under the Comd. Of Lt. Col. Gibson stationed at Fort Pitt from the time of their Inlistment [sic] unto the 31st of May 1777 following inclusive agreeable to the above abstract for which this shall be your Warrt. Given at Fort Pitt 12. Feb. 1778 Edw Hand". General Hand was a farmer, physician, and Revolutionary War officer. As adjutant general of the Continental Army, he assisted General George Washington in the siege of Yorktown. Interestingly, the Captain Benjamin Harrison for whom General Hand requests pay in this document is the same Benjamin Harrison who signed the Declaration of Independence, served in the Continental Congress & as governor of Virginia, and fathered President William Henry Harrison (also the grandfather of President Benjamin Harrison). Capt. Harrison served in the 13th Virginia Regiment, also known as "The West Augusta Volunteers", and was commissioned a captain on December 16, 1776. Later, most of the 13th Virginia was with Washington's army at Valley Forge. Capt. Harrison's company, however, was serving with General Hand at Pittsburgh that difficult winter, when this very document was written. The document is in fine condition, with toning around the edges, but bold and clear ink remaining. An excellent ALS signed three times by a Revolutionary War general with content concerning a Declaration signer who was the progenitor of TWO American presidents!

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