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Unknown [Plans for siege of Boston Harbor][incomplete]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00234 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Document Date: circa 1775-1776 Pagination: 2p. 15.3 cm. x 20.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses an oil fire at Nantucket, raises questions about plans to use an oil fire to destroy British ships in the Boston Harbour, and suggests making "an experiment on some small pond." A fragment from the middle of a document. For more on the plans to attack Boston Harbor see GLC02437.00231.


Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Military HistoryRevolutionary WarNavyMaritimeSiege of BostonScience and TechnologyWeaponry

Sub Era: Road to Revolution

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