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BY HIS EXCELLENCY
John Hancock, Esq;
Governor and Commander in Chief in and over the Commonwealth of
To Joseph Stebbens Esqr Greeting.
YOU being appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the Fifth
Regiment of Militia in the County of Hampshire in
said Commonwealth whereof Hugh Mc Clallen Esqr. is
By Virtue of the Power vested in me, I do by these Presents, (reposing Special
Trust and Confidence in your Loyalty, Courage and good Conduct) Commission
you accordingly.---You are therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the Duty
of a Lieut Colº in leading, ordering and exercising said Regiment in Arms,
both Inferior Officers and Soldiers; and to keep them in good Order and Discipline :
And they are hereby commanded to obey you as their Lieut Colonel and you
are yourself to observe and follow such Orders and Instructions as you shall from
Time to Time receive from me or your Superior Officers,
GIVEN under my Hand, and the Seal of the said Commonwealth, the first
Day of July in the Year of our Lord, 1781 in the fifth
Year of the Independence of the United States of America.
By His Excellency’s Command,
John Avery Secy
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Joseph Stebbins (1749-1816) of Deerfield, Massachusetts, was quite active in the American Revolution. He was at the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775 and participated in the defeat of General Burgoyne's army at Saratoga in 1777. Stebbins had already been promoted to the rank of Captain when Governor John Hancock appointed him in 1781 to be a Lieutenant Colonel in the 5th Regiment of Massachusetts militia. Military titles were an important measure of position and good breeding in American society. Joseph Stebbins kept the title "Colonel Stebbins" until his death in 1816.
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Military Commission of Lt. Colonel Joseph Stebbins (1749-1816)
| publisher Commonwealth of Massachusetts
| date Jul 1, 1781
| location Massachusetts
| height 12.5"
| width 10.5"
| process/materials printed paper, ink with manuscript
| item type Legal Documents/Appointment/Discharge
| accession # #L98.015
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