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Washington, George (1732-1799) to William Maxwell

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08135 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: s.l. Type: Letter signed Date: 28 April 1779 Pagination:

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Summary of Content: Confirming death sentence against Major Daniel Platt, commuting another, [in reaction court martial 12 soldiers who deserted and planned to join the British].

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

People: Washington, George, 1732-1799
Maxwell, William, 1733?-1796

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: PresidentRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryDesertionTreasonDeath PenaltyCourt Martials and Courts of InquiryMilitary LawPardon

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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