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Hand, Edward (1744-1802) to Kitty Hand

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00189 Author/Creator: Hand, Edward (1744-1802) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 October 1780 Pagination: 2 p. ; 35 x 23 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes to his wife that he hopes he can alleviate her distressing situation soon. Informs her of the treason of Benedict Arnold and the hanging of the British spy, John Andre. "A few days ago Gen Arnold detected in his views of Betraying the Garrison of West Point & its dependencies into the hands of the Enemy, deserted to them leaving Major Andre Adjt. Genl. to the British Army to pay the forfeiture that should have falen on the traitor--Andre was yesterday Hanged as a Spy." Mentions the weather being warm in July and August and states that the army is still remarkably healthy. Talks about going into winter quarters. Gives love to family members. Written from Infantry Camp Herrington.

Background Information:

People: Hand, Edward, 1744-1802
Hand, Kitty, fl. 1780
Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801
André, John, 1751-1780

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: InfantryContinental ArmyMilitary HistoryMilitary CampRevolutionary WarMarriageWomen's HistoryHealth and MedicalSpyingTreasonDeath PenaltyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyWest Point (US Military Academy)

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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