d largely upon Major Sumner. General Washington, Dec. 4, 1783, immediately after taking leave of his officers at Fraunces' Tavern, passed through this battalion of light infantry, and received from it the last military salute of the Revolutionary army.
One regiment, formed from the disbanded army, was continued in service at West Point a few months after the discharge of the rest.
In this regiment, Colonel Henry Jackson was first in rank, Lieutenant-Colonel William Hull the second, Major Caleb Gibbs the third, and Major Sumner the fourth.
On July 1, 1784, his military career finally closed.
Major Sumner was about five feet and ten inches in height, rather stout in person, and walked rapidly, bending forward and seemingly intent on some errand.
He was quick in observation, frank in his intercourse with men, and liable to be deceived.
He adapted himself readily to society of various kinds, and was widely acquainted with persons of every grade in the army.
He was fond of a sol