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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Lucy Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00497 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Trenton, New Jersey Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 December 1776 Pagination: 5 p. : address : docket ; 33.6 x 20.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Expresses his love for Lucy, but says that the love of his country must keep them apart for now. Discusses the Battle of Trenton (26 December 1776) in depth. Starts by stating that Lucy must "have heard of our success on the morning of the 26th instant against the enemy." Describes how before the attack, they were forced to retire to the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware and that "preservation of Philadelphia was a matter exceedingly precarious - The Force of the enemy three or four times as large as ours." Notes that Hessian troops, German mercenaries, were defending Trenton. Describes British movements and troop strength, the difficulty in crossing the Delaware, the harsh weather they were forced to march through. Tells of the American surprise attack, the confusion of the enemy, the details of the American victory. Writes, "2500 or three thousand pass'd the River on Christmass night with allmost infinite difficulty, with eighteen feild peice, floating Ice in the River made the labour almost incredible however perseverance accomplished what at first seem'd impossible..." Counts 1,200 prisoners and about 30 killed. Thinks that "great advantage" may be taken from the victory, and praises American troops. Hopes to "chase tyranny from this country devoted to Liberty." Informs Lucy that he has been publicly praised by George Washington, the mention of which would make him blush in front of anyone other than her. Closes by saying he hopes to see her soon.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Knox, Lucy Flucker, 1756-1824
Washington, George, 1732-1799

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Prisoner of WarBattlePresidentRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryLove LettersBattlePatriotismGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyHessiansHolidays and CelebrationsArtilleryContinental ArmyDeathFreedom and IndependenceMarriageWomen's History

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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