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Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army During the War of the Revolution April, 1775, to December, 1783. Francis B. Heitman. Softcover, (1914, 1931), 2006, Alphabetical Listing, 698 pp.
This 1914 revised edition contains the records of 14,000 Officers, including 6,000 NEW names not recorded in the former edition, and of the 8,000 Officers mentioned in the old edition, a great many of which have been revised, augmented and completed.
In preparing the first edition of the Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army, which was published in 1893, Mr. Heitman, the compiler, examined all the records then available in the several executive departments in Washington and supplemented that data with additional information from other sources, such as documents published by the Government as well as those printed by States and individuals. In July 1892, Congress provided for the relocation of revolutionary records residing in the Treasury and Interior Departments to be transferred to the War Department for preservation and indexing, and in 1913 new legislation directed the Secretary of War to collect or copy "the scattered military records of the Revolutionary War," including those of State troops, etc. Under those acts, many revolutionary records were transferred to the War Department, and other records and documents not in the possession of the Government were loaned to the Department to be copied and returned. As a result, the Government now possesses a fair collection of the Army records of the Revolutionary War.
This work is now considered the standard reference of officers serving in the Revolutionary War. It consists of an alphabetical listing of the individual officers, their rank, dates of service, events (wounded, taken prisoner, exchanged, or killed), the command in which they served and the state in which the service was rendered. It also provides "A list of French Officers that served with the American Army," as well as a "Chronological List of Battles, Actions, etc."