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Proclamation by Governour Trumbull




Whereas, I have received advice from his Excellency General Washington, at the camp near Boston, of the 16th January, instant: That by reason of the slow progress in raising men for the Army, &c˙, their lines are in so defenceless a state, that he, with the advice of the General Officers of his camp, is of opinion that it is expedient, and absolutely necessary, that a number of new Regiments by him mentioned, should be forthwith raised in several Colonies, equal to those of the new establishment, and to be officered by said Colonies according to their mode, and to repair to that camp by the last day of January, instant, if possible, to be in readiness to act as circumstances may require, until the first day of April next, and requesting that four of said regiments might be furnished by this Colony, as their proportion; and that every exertion and influence may be used for complying with said requisition.

And having immediately laid said requisition before my Council of Safety for their consideration and advice, and being unanimously of opinion that the reasons enforcing said request are indisputably well-founded, and that Our compliance is of great importance for our and the common safety, for the present and all future time, and have, therefore, voted and resolved, that four Regiments be forthwith raised in this Colony by voluntary inlistments, each regiment to consist of seven hundred and twenty-eight men, officers included, divided into eight companies of ninety men each, including officers; each regiment to be commanded by one Colonel, one Lieutenant-Colonel, and one Major, and each company by one Captain, two Lieutenants, and one Ensign, with non-Commissioned Officers as usual; to be on Continental pay, and the same as other officers and soldiers on that station are entitled to, and to be marched forthwith to the camp near Boston, for the purposes and for the term aforesaid; and do, therefore, by and with the advice of my said Council, issue this Proclamation, hereby declaring and promising, that all able-bodied, effective men, to a sufficient number, who shall engage and inlist into this necessary service, and shall furnish and equip him and themselves with sufficient clothing, arms, and accoutrements,


shall have and receive the same pay, wages, billeting, and allowance, as the officers and soldiers in said Army are entitled to, and shad have one penny per mile for marching expenses out, and home, allowed them, and be discharged by the first day of April next.

And the said four regiments are to be commanded as follows, viz: The first by Colonel James Wadsworth, Lieutenant-Colonel Com' dt Sage, and Major Dyar Throope; the second by Colonel Erastus Wolcolt, Lieutenant-Colonel Fisher Gay, and Major John Chester; the third by Colonel John Douglas, Lieutenant-Colonel William Danielson, and Major Thomas Brown, or such other Field-Officers as, on the failure of either of them, shall be, with advice aforesaid, by me appointed; and each company by such Captain, Lieutenants, and Ensign, as shall be nominated by the Colonel or Chief, and other Field-Officers of the several Militia regiments from whence they may be taken, and according to the rules given them by me, they advising with the Captains of their respective regiments.

Every Captain and Subaltern Officer of such Volunteers, obtaining a writing under the hand of the Colonel, or chief officer of such Militia regiment, certifying his or their nomination to either of said offices, or an appointment from me, the same shall be a sufficient warrant for such nominated officer to engage and inlist men for the purpose aforesaid, and to take upon him and them, and exercise the respective commands aforesaid, and to march to said camp by direction of their Colonel, or chief officer, with all possible despatch.

And all officers and soldiers are to yield all due obedience to their superior officers, and to the Commander-in-chief of said Army, according to the rules and discipline of war, for the time being.

And all able-bodied men for said service, to a sufficient number, are hereby earnestly called upon and invited, laying aside all warm dispute about rank, pay, and every lesser consideration, to strive only to emulate each other in a virtuous love of their country, and zeal to serve its cause, in this great and critical juncture, when all that is dear to freemen is threatened and vigorously attacked.

Having great reason to hope, that laying aside every lesser contest and dispute, a cheerful and free exertion of our strength and ability for one ensuing campaign, by the blessing of Almighty God, which we have reason to expect, will lay a sure and happy foundation for putting an end to the present unhappy war, into which we are forced by oppression, for defending those rights which are worth our every effort to maintain and preserve.

Given under my hand, at Lebanon, in said Colony, on the 20th day of January, 1776.


We, the subscribers, do hereby acknowledge, each for himself, to have voluntarily inlisted to serve in a regiment raised according to the direction of the foregoing Proclamation of his Honour the Governour, dated the 20th January, 1776, for the purposes therein expressed, and until the first day of April next, in a Company of which . . . . . . . . is appointed Captain.

Witness our hands, the day and date of our names, respectively, affixed, in the year 1776.

On the General hearing of the repulse before Quebeck, &c˙, he was willing to release one of the regiments asked for, on account of another requested for Quebeck, the raising of which was begun before the General' s second letter, and thereon it was reduced to three for his camp.