Letter from Joseph Johnson to Jethro Sumner
Volume 16, Pages 610-611
LIEUT. JOSEPH JOHNSON TO BRIG. GEN. SUMNER.
Hillsboro, April 25th, 1782.
My reason for not joining the Brigade agreeable to orders said to have been Issued last Spring for that purpose, are as follows:
At the time them orders were Issued, I was a prisoner with the Enemy, and did not get released till the last of July. After that time I was sick, till I heard you should say (after you came from
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the Southward last fall) that no Officer that had not joined was Considered as belonging to the Line; which induced me to believe I was struck off the Roster, and consequently never made any application for orders. I am still in a low state of health, and don’t think myself able to go through the fatigue of a campaign, and beg Leave to resign my Commission in the Continental army.
I am, with respect, Sir,
Your Hble. Servt.,