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Callender, Eliezer (1709-1790) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00441 Author/Creator: Callender, Eliezer (1709-1790) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 September 1776 Pagination: 1 p. : address ; 23.5 x 17.9 cm.

He has heard that his son, John Callender, was either killed or wounded and taken prisoner in the Battle of Long Island. If a prisoner, [which he was], Eliezer seeks Knox's aid in getting his son released. John Callender was later exchanged and George Washington reversed his court-martial for cowardice at Bunker Hill in light of his valor at Long Island. He was captured while serving as a volunteer in Knox's artillery regiment.

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