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Thomas Waggener

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Compiled and written by Jim Moyer 1/2/2017

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TIMELINE

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Waggener was in Williamsburg

17  September 1755

Source: Founders Online

Lt Gov Dinwiddie writes Col George Washington:

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… Waggener remd here but three Days & went up to wait on You for Orders—Poor Steuart is sick of a Fever—& I doubt not under Yr Managemt You will bring them into good Order. I wish You Health & am Sr Yr m. h. S.

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Admonished on Delay

2 October 1755

From Founders Online:

[Alexandria, 2 October 1755]

To Captain Thomas Waggener.

As Colonel Washington has been informed by Governour Dinwiddie, that you was Dispatched from Williamsburgh before the Seventeenth of last month, with Orders to proceed here immediately;1 he is much surprized at your Delay, and can only attribute it to Sickness; as he imagines you would not, at this time, when your presence is so necessary, have been absent so long, unless some such accident had happened.

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It is his Orders, that, with all possible Dispatch, you proceed to Alexandria; there to take the Command of those Troops that Rendezvous there.

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When you arrive at Alexandria, you will find Orders left with Major Carlyle for you.2 I am, Sir, &c.

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G. Mercer, Aid de Camp

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3 October 1755

GW in Alexandria writes to Waggener directly

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Still Waiting for Waggener

7 October 1755

Aid de camp, Captain George Mercer writes to Major Andrew Lewis that Thomas Waggener must proceed to the Carlyle House in Alexandria to pick up his orders.  See Founders online link.

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Fort Pleasant

http://www.vanmetre.com/places/Colonial%20Notes%20-%20No_%208.htm

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Battle of the Trough

End of March, beginning of April 1756

See Map Location of battle of the Trough

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According to one account, at the time of the fight a company of British regulars were quartered at Fort Pleasant under the command of Capt. Waggener who had overseen the building of the fort shortly before. Waggener supposedly refused to come to the aid of the besieged settlers, a mere mile and a half away. Adding insult to injury, this account further relates that Waggener, after being called a coward, had several of the survivors of the fight pursued and whipped.[12]  From Wikipedia on The Battle of the Trough

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http://military.wikia.com/wiki/Battle_of_the_Trough

Battle of the Trough in American Pioneer  Vol. II, no. V (May 1843), pp. 37-42

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Reorganization Orders

July 12, 1756 

From Founders Online Footnote:

Orders creating Captain Thomas Waggener of the 5th company:

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with his two officers: Lt Walter Stewart and Ensign Charles Smith.

Also in Thomas Waggener’s company:

William Shaw, not listed on any size roll of 13 July, or on Waggener’s company payroll, May–August 1756; but he was a sergeant in William Peachey’s company payroll for May and June 1756 and Adam Stephen lists him as a sergeant in his company returns in August 1756; Francis Austin (Ostin), recruited by Thomas Bullitt, 49, 5′9½″, shoemaker, English, “his Right leg larger than his left”; Mark Hollis, enl. by George Mercer, 26, 5′8½″, planter, English; George Salmon, enl. by Lt. John Wright, 30, 5′4½″, planter, Scottish; Samuel Poe, enl. by Lt. John Hamilton, 26, 5′4″, shoemaker, English, “black hair & Eyes a sharp nose”; John Creagh, enl. by John Mercer, 25, 5′3″, bookbinder, Irish (19 Sept. 1756, DLC:GW). By 19 Sept. Poe had become a sergeant and John Cole (enl. by Lt. John Wright, 21, 5′2″, planter, Scottish) had become a corporal.  This Order of July 12, 1756 also makes sure that no Sergeant or Corporal rank can be taken away unless by order of the Colonel or by Court Martial:  “Sergeants and Corporals;8 who are not to be broke or changed, but by the Sentence of a Court Martial—or particular orders from the Colonel: as such practices have made great confusion in the Regiments…”

From Founders Online link

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LINKS

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All correspondence between Captain Thomas Waggener and Col George Washington

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