It's rare to see commissions from the Revolutionary War, and even rarer from New Hampshire. Very little fighting went on in that part of the country. As far as Revolutionary collectibles go, this one is a fine example.



  • Fact 1: Officers in the military are promoted via a commission, which gives them their authority to command.
  • Fact 2: At the time of the Revolutionary War, Lieutenant was the second-lower officer rank in the American military, above only Ensign.
  • Fact 3: The American Revolutionary War started in 1775, and ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
  • Fact 4: There are also Non-Commissioned Officers, or NCOs, which are promoted up through the ranks rather than by a commission. Common NCO ranks include sergeant, corporal, and warrant officer.
  • Fact 5: In the United States, officers' commissions are granted by the President, Secretary of Defense, or Secretary of Homeland Security.

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