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Minutes of the Continental Congress [Extract]
United States. Continental Congress
March 01, 1776
Volume 11, Page 282

[Journals of Congress, Vol. 1, p. 277.]

Friday, March 1, 1776
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(Extract.)

The Congress proceeded to the election of six brigadier-generals, and the ballots being delivered in and examined, the following gentlemen were chosen:

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James Moore, esq.; The right hon. William, earl of Sterling; Robert Howe, esq.

Resolved, That brigadier-generals Lewis and Howe be directed to repair to Virginia, and brigadier Moore to North Carolina, and to take command of the forces in those respective colonies, until they receive further orders from Congress or a superior officer.