THE FRANCIS MARION CONGRESSIONAL MILITARY COMMISSION
“The United States of America in Congress Assembled To Francis Marion Esquire Greeting. We Reposing especial trust and confide[nce] in your Patriotism, Valour, Conduct and Fidelity, Do by these presents constitute and appoint you, to be Lieutenant Colonel Commandant of the Second South Carolina Regiment in the Army of the United States, to take rank as such from the Sixteenth day of September 1776. You are therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the duty of a Lieutenant Colonel Commandant by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto belonging. And we do Strictly charge and require all Officers and Soldiers, under your command, to be obedient to your orders, as Lieutenant Col. Command. And you are to observe and follow such orders and directions, from time to time, as you shall receive from this, or a future Congress of the United States, or Committee of Congress for that purpose appointed, a Committee of the States, or Commander in Chief for the time being of the Army of the United States, or any other your Superior Officer, according to the rules and discipline of War, in pursuance of the trust reposed in you. This Commission to continue in force until revoked by this, or a future Congress, the Committee of Congress beforementioned, or a Committee of the States.
Witness His Excellency John Hanson Esq President of the Congress of the United States of America, at Philadelphia the twelfth day of April A.D. 1782 and in the Sixth Year of our Independence.
By Order of Congress
B Lincoln Secretary at War”