n.d. (but after 1816). 1 sheet. 7.5 x 12.5 inches. Torn and separated along the folds, affecting a few lines of text, scattered soiling and ink smudging, contents otherwise legible. Item #44305
Signed by Barnabas Allen, who recorded this farewell address of Colonel Albert Lockwood of the 4th Regiment, from Connecticut. The address was some time after the conclusion of the War of 1812, as Barnabas Allen served in that war.
"Gentlemen of Commission of the Staff, non commission officers and soldiers of the 4th Regiment. My old age, my long service in office together with any bodily infirmities call me to resign my commission and return back to that places of rest where all ranks and grades of officers and men one day or other expect to meet.
Having had the honor this day to command you in the 4th brigade, your escertions in informing yourselves in the rules and discipline of war, your punctual obedience to the order of the day, and for your officer-like conduct, I return you my hearty thanks
Not forgetting myself under the highest obligations to you for the protection of own life, liberty, and my property. Your compliance with the laws of your country, [cut here]equipping yourselves with arms to defend your lives and the lives of others. Your punctual obediences to the order of the day and for the martial appearance, I return to you my hearty thanks.
With full confidence I now dismiss into the hands of that God who superintends all things, hoping and praying that he will order and direct the Legislature of this state when my resignation comes before them, to appoint some officer or man over you who will be more adequate to the task of commanding you than I have ever been.
I have my hand, my heart, and my aid with you. Farewell gentle officers and Soldiers of the 4th regiment."
Most likely Albert Lockwood (b. 10 Apr. 1757, d. 16 Feb. 1846) married to Grace Godfrey of Weston Ct. (see Revolutionary War Records of Fairfield, Connecticut, Volume 3). Lockwood served in the American Revolution and the War of 1812.