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    [Revolutionary War]. Two Scarce War Dated Soldier Enlistment Certificates. The first, one partially printed page, 6.75" x 2.5", Connecticut, July 2, 1777, reads, in full: "I Nathan Sawyer of Cornwall do acknowledge to have voluntarily inlisted myself a Soldier, to serve in a Battalion of Foot raised by the State of Connecticut, for the Defence of this and the United States, to be commanded by Col Roger Enos Esq; until the first Day of January next, unless sooner discharged." Chipped edges and light dampstaining at the left edge. Small hole in the middle, but not affecting the text.

    The second, 6" x 2.75", is unused and reads: "I...have this Day voluntarily inlisted myself as a Soldier in the Army of the United States of America, in the...Battalion ordered to be raised in the State of Connecticut, to serve during the present War, unless sooner discharged: And I do bind myself to conform in all Instances to such Rules and Regulations as are or shall be established for the Government of the said Army." Dampstaining at the top edge and bottom right corner.

    The British were in the process of sending the largest invasion army they ever sent overseas to quell the rebellion in the colonies. The Americans, in desperate need of troops, began an intensive program of recruitment throughout the new states.


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