1778 Revolutionary War North Carolina General Griffith Rutherford, ALS Charlotte For Sale
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1778 Revolutionary War North Carolina General Griffith Rutherford, ALS Charlotte:
[AMERICAN REVOLUTION]. RUTHERFORD, Griffith (1721-1805), Continental Army Brigadier General. Autograph letter signed, to the Paymaster General, Ordering Payment to Colonel Martin Armstrong. Charlotte, Nov. 29, 1778.
 p., docketed on verso. Old fold lines. Verso edged with a frame of later paper. Minor soiling. Very good. In a blue half morocco and cloth clamshell case, spine gilt.Based on the clamshell, this appears to have come from the James S. Coppley Collection.
Letter written by General Griffith Rutherford to the Paymaster General, authorizing a payment of $7,500 to Col. Martin Armstrong, a contractor for the Continental Army. Griffith Rutherford (1721-1805) settled in Rowan County, N.C., in the 1750s, where he became actively involved in the political and military life of the North Carolina frontier. He served as captain of the militia, as well as in the North Carolina Assembly from 1766-1775. When the American Revolution broke out, he was again at the forefront of both political and military activities in the state, serving in the Provincial Congress and the North Carolina Senate, and commanding forces of militia to quell Indians and Loyalists alike. He moved to Sumner County, Tennessee in 1792, where he served in the Territorial Legislature. Rutherford died at his home in Sumner County. Both of his adopted states named counties in his honor. The principal military leader in revolutionary North Carolina, Rutherford was instrumental in eliminating Indian and Loyalist threats to the state government.
"Sir, Agreeable to His Excellency Governor Caswell's instructions to me, I hereby direct you to pay into the hands of Colo. Martin Armstrong contracter [sic] for the Continental Troops & new levies (by the Assembly appointed) the sum of seven thousand five hundred dollars. He has already given the security by me required." A nice piece by this important North Carolina leader.