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Goodwin, Nathaniel (1748-1819) [Diary kept in "Bickerstaff's New-England Almanack"]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.629 Author/Creator: Goodwin, Nathaniel (1748-1819) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph manuscript signed Date: 1778 Pagination: 29 p. ; 16 x 10 cm.

Summary of Content: Goodwin, a Major in Colonel Jacob Gerrish's regiment, writes "while at Boston" across the title page of the almanac. Includes entries from other locations. Contains 22 pages of printed text, 7 pages of handwritten text. Relates traveling to Bedford and Salem. Mentions the Lucy, possibly a ship. Discusses the weather and a French naval fleet. Writes that Major General Horatio Gates assumed command of the Eastern Department (November 1778). In December, states that his entire detachment was discharged from duty based on Gates's orders. Bickerstaff's New England Almanack was published in Norwich, Connecticut by J. Trumbull. Accompanied by a biographical note on Goodwin by E. S. Phelps.

Background Information: Phelps states that Goodwin, from Plymouth, was a Massachusetts state representative and magistrate.

People: Goodwin, Nathaniel, 1748-1819
Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806
Gerrish, Jacob, 1739-1817

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Soldier's DiaryRevolutionary WarMilitary HistoryTravelFranceNavyMaritimeContinental ArmyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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