Skip menu to read main page content

Articles of incorporation for the Baltimore Independent Cadets


Just prior to the start of the American Revolutionary War, Mordecai Gist began forming the Baltimore Independent Cadets, the first independent military company of its kind in Maryland. The group sought to protect their rights and fight for American independence. Members trained themselves and purchased their own uniforms and equipment, preparing for an armed encounter with the British Army and hoping to eventually join Maryland's formal military organization as an independent company. While this never happened, the Cadets did incorporate themselves into various military companies and regiments, fighting in both the North and South, and contributing greatly to the outcome of the American Revolution. This document served as the charter for the Baltimore Independent Cadets, and was signed by Mordecai Gist and 59 other men to solidify their membership.




Collection Number

MS 390


15 x 9.5 inches


3 pages

Resource ID



Ink on paper.

Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


This digital image is made available here for private study, scholarship, and research. Commercial and other uses are prohibited without the permission of the Maryland Center for History and Culture. For more information, visit the MCHC’s Reproductions and Permissions web page.