1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 23, 2019 8:59 AM by Lisha Penn

    Seeking Revolutionary War Commission for French officer


      My ancestor was among the French officers who came to America at the beginning of the Revolution to fight for America.   He was given a Captain's commission by General Horatio Gates in September or October of 1776.  There is mention of it in the records of the Continental Congress.  Where can I find a copy of Gate's records that show the commission?  The French officer's name as presented to the Continental Congress and General Gates was Louis Jean Baptiste Chambaron, Chevalier de/D'Antignac.  Later in life, he simplified his name to Jean/John D'Antignac.  His wife's widow's pension application is in the latter name.  If not in Gates' records, would there be a more extensive record of it in the Board of War records?  Thank you for your time.

      Brenda Austin Mason

        • Re: Seeking Revolutionary War Commission for French officer
          Lisha Penn Pioneer

          Dear Ms. Mason,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789 in the Records of the Contiental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention (Record Group 360) that are available as National Archives Microfilm Publication No. M247. These records are not digizited yet on the Catalog, but are digitized and available on Fold 3. The nine-page descriptive pamphlet about M247 may be viewed or downloaded here.


          For access to and/or copies of any records about your ancestor’s commission, please contact the National Archives in Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email archives1reference@nara.gov.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!


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