Papers of William Bond (d.1776), Revolutionary Army officer and colonel in the 25th Regiment of Foot from Massachusetts.
Bond led the regiment from July 1775 to August 31, 1776, when he died from an illness at Mount Independence near Fort Ticonderoga.
The collection is arranged chronologically in a single series containing correspondence, orders, resolutions by the Massachusetts
Provincial Congress, lists of officers and soldiers, financial receipts, and miscellaneous administrative documents related
to the 25th Regiment. Significant documents in the collection include an autograph letter signed by George Washington to
General Sullivan (20 May 1772), an order signed by General Philip Schuyler (5 May 1776), an order signed by General Horatio
Gates (15 March 1776), and a memo signed by Brigadier General Nathanael Greene (15 March 1776).
On the basis of materials in this collection, William Bond lived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1768 and was probably
the son of Jonas and Hannah Bond. He was a captain in the military in 1774. In July, 1775, he held the rank of lieutenant
colonel, second-in-command, in the 37th Regiment of Foot (infantry) in General George Washington's Continental Army. After
the death of the regiment's commander, Colonel Thomas Gardner, Bond was promoted to colonel and took over command. After
November, 1775, Bond's regiment was renamed the 25th Regiment and remained camped at Prospect Hill, Massachusetts, during
the winter of 1775-1776.
1.40 linear feet
(1 archives box and 1 flat box)
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