mand of the detachment, during the evacuation and for some time afterwards, devolved 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 w
nths before his death,
A few months after Major Sumner's death, his brother, Dr. Seth Sumner, was appointed guardian of the boy. he wrote from Savannah to his agent in Boston, expressing great pleasure at Charles's return to school, and providing carefully for his future expenses, so that no further interruption might occur in his studies.
In this letter he wrote,—
Should any thing take place that I should not make you regular remittances, I desire you to call on my friend, General Henry Jackson.
I know he will advance thirty or fifty dollars at any time, after hearing the circumstances, rather than see Charles taken from school.
Remittances are hard to be forwarded from this place, but not the less certain; and all advances made by any friend of mine on this score, I will repay with interest and gratitude.
Give my love to Charles, and tell him I expect he will be a studious, good boy, and learn eloquence and manners, as well as wisdom and the languages, at the academy.