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Michael, I am reading about appointments and I see this phrase: "That John Van Petten be Captian of the Company of the Beat (in the said Regiment)..."

What does "of the Beat" mean. Does it mean what is in parenthesis (in the said Regiment). ?

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Shawn

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Hello,

A Beat Company was a company tasked with patrolling an area to ensure slaves were behaving properly and to capture any slaves who had escaped.  I believe your sentence is referring to the Company within the Regiment that was assigned to slave patrol duty.

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Michael Troy

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I can answer just about any question on early American History. My specialties are the American Revolution through the Civil War/Reconstruction. I also have greater expertise in matters relating to military, political or legal history.

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I have lectured at George Washington University regarding the Civil War, as well as several elementary school Civil War demonstrations. I was also a member of a Civil War reenactment group for about 10 years.

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http://unlearnedhistory.blogspot.com

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J.D. University of Michigan B.A. George Washington University

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Truman Scholar

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