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Schuyler, Philip John (1733-1804) to Elias Dayton

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01580 Author/Creator: Schuyler, Philip John (1733-1804) Place Written: Saratoga, New York Type: Letter signed Date: 27 October 1776 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket : free frank ; 32.5 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by Major General Schuyler as commander of the Northern Department, to Colonel Elias Dayton of the 3rd New Jersey Regiment. Sent by Schuyler when Dayton's regiment was marching north from Schenectady. Dayton's troops were being sent to the Mohawk Valley to defend the residents from Tory and Indian assaults during the vicious partisan fighting in upstate New York. Says that based on intelligence from General Nicholas Herkimer, his regiment will probably have to march back to the German Flatts, an area near the mouth of the West Canada Creek in New York, unless militia can be sent there instead. Says he has put the matter before a Committee of the Convention of New York and that they will decide if he should go back to German Flatts, or continue his march based on previous orders. This letter was written shortly after the fleet Schuyler and Benedict Arnold assembled on Lake Champlain was destroyed by General Guy Carelton, but despite that set back the British invasion was held in check.

People: Schuyler, Philip John, 1733-1804
Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarAmerican Indian HistoryLoyalistContinental ArmyMilitiaGovernment and CivicsMilitary History

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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