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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Commission to appoint Joseph Graham as Major in the North Carolina Militia
Rutherford, Griffith, ca. 1721 - 1805
October 07, 1781
Volume 19, Page 965

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Reposing especial trust and confidence in your patriotism, conduct, and fidelity, I do hereby nominate and appoint you Major of Lieut. Col. Robert Smith’s legionary corps in my brigade. You are, therefore, carefully and diligently to discharge the duty of Major by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto belonging; and I do strictly charge and require all officers and soldiers under your command to be obedient to your orders as Major. And you are to observe and follow from time to time, such orders and directions as you shall receive from your superior officers according to the rules of military discipline and laws of this State.

Given under my hand in Camp, at Rock-Fish Bridge, October 7th, A. D., 1781.