DescriptionGeorge Washington's Life Guard - Pay Documents
A highly interesting group of three Revolutionary War pay documents. Two are dated March 18, 1783 and are receipts to the Pay-Table-Committee signed by Henry Wakalee acknowledging the receipt of pay due him from "...the Committees of the State and of the Army." The third is a Certificate of Service dated March 6, 1783 and states:
"This may certifie that Henry Wakelee a Corpl in Coll. Warners Regiment was in actual service in January 1780 and is now in his Excellency General Washington's Life Guard."
The "Life Guard" referred to in the certificate was a special unit formed in March, 1776 to serve as George Washington's body guards. The unit consisted of men from each of the colonies and was discharged in 1783 at the end of the war. The offered items document Henry Wakelee's service in this prestigious unit. All are a well preserved Extremely Fine.
A unit of the 3rd Infantry, stationed at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C. today carries on the tradition of Washington's Life Guard with a 66 man company who wear colonial era uniforms, including white wigs and participate in ceremonial functions and reviews.
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