DescriptionSecretary of War Henry Knox Document Signed. One page, 5 5/8" x 6.5", War Office [Philadelphia]; March 10, 1790. A partially printed document, "No. 443," directing the "GEOGRAPHER of the UNITED STATES, or to the Surveyors appointed by him" to survey for "Edmund Compton - late a Lieutenant in the Maryland line...Two Hundred" acres of land "in any of the Districts appropriated for satisfying the Bounties...due to the late Army of the United States." The document is signed "H. Knox" and registered in ink by "J. Stagg Junr." An interesting document from the first secretary of war highlighting the process of distributing land bounties to former soldiers.
Condition: The document has two horizontal folds which have been reinforced at both ends on the verso. The signature of Stagg is very faint. Otherwise very good.
Henry Knox (1750-1806) was a Massachusetts book store owner when he the American Revolution broke out. He joined the Continental Army and rose to become the chief artillery officer of the army, accompanying General George Washington on many of his campaigns. He later served President Washington as secretary of war. As this document suggests, Knox oversaw the disposition of lands promised to soldiers who served in the Continental army.
John Stagg, Jr. (1758-1803) was the chief clerk in the War Department during Knox's tenure as secretary of war.
Edmund Howard Compton (1759-1838), born in Maryland, enlisted as an ensign in the 1st Maryland Continental Regiment in 1779 and was promoted to lieutenant in 1780. A year later he was transferred to the 4th Maryland Continental Regiment and served in this company for the remainder of the American Revolutionary War. He died in Kentucky. It is unknown if Compton ever received his land and if it was in Kentucky where he died.
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