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Rare "DIAH MANNING" of Connecticut Valley Forge

Drum Major of the Commander-in-Chief's Life Guard the Continental Army Unit to Protect George Washington 1793 Document Signed

DIAH MANNING (1760-1815). Valley Forge Drummer appointed as Drum Major of the Commander-in-Chief's Life Guard, soldier in the First Connecticut Regiment of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, who "beat the drum" for Major Andre's march to the Gallows.

October 24, 1793-Dated Federal and George Washington Presidential Period, Manuscript Document Signed, "Diah Manning," who literally "beat the drum" for Major Andre's march to the Gallows, Manuscript Pay Order, at Norwich (Connecticut), Very Fine. A rare original Pay Order Signed, "DIAH MANNING" measuring 5" x 8" with folds, boldly written and easily readable in very nice overall condition.

Dian Manning (1760-1815) of Norwich, was a drummer in the First Connecticut Regiment of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. At Valley Forge he was appointed as Drum Major of the Commander-in-Chief's Life Guard, a most prestigious military unit composed of the very best Continental Army soldiers, and charged with the protection of General George Washington. He served in that historic Life Guard unit from 1776-1780. Manning was also one of the attendants of British Major John Andre, during his captivity and trial. He actually "beat the drum" for Major Andre's march to the gallows for execution. In later years, he was well known in Norwich for his close association with George Washington.

See Subject: The Commander-In-Chief's Guard - List of known Guards of George Washington (http://www.sons-of-liberty-sar.org/listguards-5.jpg) Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth

Diah Manning (1760-1815) - Fifer - Service 1776-1783 - 19th Mass. Reg. - Promoted to Drum Major. A very, very rare signature.
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