WASHINGTON, GEORGE, President. Printed document signed ("Go: Washington") as General and Commander-in-Chief, accomplished and countersigned by John Trumbull, endorsed by COL. ELISHA SHELDON, Head-Quarters [Newburgh, N.Y.], 12 June 1783, 2 pages, folio, old tears at folds neatly patched, catching cross of "t" in signature, very minor stains, but generally in good condition for a document often found in atrocious condition.
THE FIRST FORM OF ARMY DISCHARGE
The document is accomplished in manuscript by Trumbull; at the top is the bold printed heading: "By His Excellency George Washington, Esq." It certifies that Private Amos Barnes, of the 2nd Regiment of Light Dragoons, "having faithfully served the United States for four years and eleven months, and being inlisted for the War only, is hereby Discharged from the American Army." At the bottom it records that Barnes "has been honored with the Badge of Merit for four years service," and on the back, a note signed in type by Washington stipulates that the discharge shall not be effective "until the Ratification of the definitive Treaty of Peace...previous to which Time, and until Proclamation thereof shall be made, He is to be considered as being on Furlough." Elisha Sheldon, of Connecticut, commanded this elite regiment.