Charles Carroll on the actions of the Maryland Militia, Maryland, 1777

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Charles Carroll (1737-1832) was a planter from Maryland and a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1776 through 1778. Prior to this, he was a delegate to the Annapolis Convention. His signature on the Declaration of Independence reads "Charles Carroll of Carrollton" to distinguish him from other family members with the same name.

This letter was written to Thomas Johnson (1732-1819) of Baltimore, Maryland. Johnson was a delegate to the Continental Congress until 1775, where he formed a secret committee with the goal of seeking foreign support for the Revolutionary War effort. At the time of the writing of this letter, Johnson was sitting as the first Governor of Maryland. He later was appointed by George Washington as a justice of the Supreme Court.

Carroll's letter, written in September, 1777 from Swan Creek, Maryland, addresses the actions of the Maryland militia and the indented future movements of the army under George Washington's command. Carroll had spent some time traveling with the militia, but found "this kind extremely disagreeable and fatiguing" and was intending to travel back to Congress.

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  • Title: Charles Carroll on the actions of the Maryland Militia, Maryland, 1777
  • Creator: Carroll, Charles
  • Creation Date: 1777
  • Subject Date: 1777
  • Town: Baltimore, Swan Creek
  • County: Hartford
  • State: MD
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 31.8 cm x 19.3 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 420, Box 58/5
  • Collection: John S. H. Fogg autograph collection
  • Object Type: Text

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