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Rare Signature of American Revolutionary War Major General William Smallwood (1732-1792) | Signature appears to be from a handwritten letter, that is hand dated next to his signature "September 22, 1783," just days after the end of the Revolutionary War upon signing of the Treaty of Paris in September 3, 1783. The letter also mentions the "Maryland Regiment" that Smallwood commanded | Smallwood was elected to Maryland's colonial legislature in 1760, serving until 1775 | At the start of the Revolution he commanded the first Maryland battalion to join the Continental Army. At the Battle of White Plains he was wounded and received promotion to Brigadier General. In early 1780 Smallwood and his Maryland troops were assigned to the Carolinas, where they took part in the Battle of Camden. During the Carolinas campaign he received promotion to Major General. 4"€ x 1"€ cut signature mounted to a portrait to an overall size of 5.25" W x 7.5"€ H. The Treaty of Paris, signed in Paris by representatives of King George III of Great Britain and representatives of the United States of America on September 3, 1783, ended the American Revolutionary War. The treaty set the boundaries between the British Empire in North America and the United States, on lines "exceedingly generous" to the latter. Details included fishing rights and restoration of property and prisoners of war. This treaty and the separate peace treaties between Great Britain and the nations that supported the American cause — France, Spain, and the Dutch Republic — are known collectively as the Peace of Paris. Only Article 1 of the treaty, which acknowledges the United States' existence as free sovereign and independent states, remains in force.


7.5 x 5.25 in

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Rev. War Signature Of Major G. William Smallwood

Estimate $400 - $500Jul 21, 2018