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Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809 to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00639 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809 Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter Date: 24 August 1777 Pagination: 3 p. : address : 32.4 x 20.4 cm. Order a Copy

Comments on General John Stark and the Battle of Bennington ( 16 August 1777): "I don't think all History from Adam to this day, can produce such an instance, which an unequal number of raw undisciplind militia, have attack'd a Superor number of well disciplined regular Troops intrench in Lines- beat them out & gaind so complete a Victory [sic]--" Describes the celebration held in Boston following news of the victory, including liquor at the Bunch of Grapes Tavern, drum and fife music on a balcony, brass field pieces, and two barrels of grog in the street. Gives an account of a new ship with six women on board that mysteriously sunk near the Newbury Bar [Massachusetts]. Asks Henry to remember him to Henry's secretary (William Knox). In a post script, notes that all of the ship's passengers were saved except for one.

Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809
Knox, William, 1756-1795
Stark, John, 1728-1822

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