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Act enacted 3 October 1779:

Colonel, 5,000 acres; Lt. Co. 4,500 acres; Major 4,000 acres; Captain 3,000 acres; Subaltern 2,000 acres; non-com. officers who enlisted in the war and served to the end thereof, 400 acres.

Every soldier and sailor under like conditions 200 acres. Every officer of the Navy, the same quantity of land as an officer in the Army, of equal rank.

Where any officer, soldier or sailor has died in service, his heirs or legal representative shall be entitled to the same quantity of land as would have been due to such officer, soldier or sailor, had he been living.

The first warrants were issued about 1784 at which time the soldiers who applied for land bounty were living.

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