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Noyes, John (1740-1784) to Mary Noyes [incomplete]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.056.09 Author/Creator: Noyes, John (1740-1784) Place Written: New York Type: Autograph letter Date: circa November- December 1776 Pagination: 2 p. ; 20.5 x 19 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes to his wife in Newbury, Massachusetts. Discusses battles or skirmishes in New York but it is not clear which ones because the letter is incomplete and not dated. Reports on how many wounded or killed on each side. States that deserters from the British army are coming to them every week. Relays that the British have landed near Throg's Neck and have advanced over the river at Dobb's Ferry. They moved again 12 November and are expected to go to Kings Bridge where there might be a bloody battle since the Americans have a strong fort there with five months of provisions. He thinks their number of casualties is good despite the battle of Long Island and especially considering all their disadvantages. There is a short note on the reverse to Mrs. Noyes and signed by a Samuel Cam sending his regards. First page or part of the page is missing so letter is not dated. Date inferred from the context and other letters in the collection. The battle of Long Island was fought 27 August 1776. Noyes was a soldier in the Continental army during the Revolutionary War.

People: Noyes, John, 1740-1784
Noyes, Mary, 1746-1825

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Battle of Long Island (Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights)Soldier's LetterRevolutionary WarMilitary HistoryBattleDeathInjury or WoundGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyDesertionFortification

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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