Thomas Bullitt (1730-1778) served during the French and Indian War as a cadet with GW at Fort Necessity in 1754. In July of that year, he was commissioned an ensign, and was among the men later promoted to lieutenant when GW became colonel of the reorganized Virginia Regiment in September 1755. Bullitt eventually became a captain in the Virginia Regiment. At the commencement of the Revolutionary War, Bullitt was adjutant general of Virgina's forces, but was subsequently appointed, in March 1776, as deputy adjutant general in the southern department with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Two months later, in May 1776, Bullitt was promoted to colonel. In addition to his military service, Bullitt also worked as a surveyor. After having secured a surveyor’s license from the College of William and Mary, Bullitt, in the spring and summer of 1773, went to the Ohio on a surveying expedition in the hopes that Lord Dunmore would issue patents for surveys in the West to veterans of the French and Indian War seeking land under the terms of the royal Proclamation of 1763. In 1773, GW, who was one of the veterans entitled to western lands, sent instructions to Bullitt to survey 10,000 acres for him near the Scioto River.