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Crane, John (1744-1805) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01221 Author/Creator: Crane, John (1744-1805) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 12 October 1781 Pagination: 1 p. + docket

Summary of Content: Encloses a return of ordnance and stores. Reports that nothing will be done in the fall toward building the magazine at Fort Clinton or Fort Putnam because of all the work needed to prepare for winter. The artificers have been building a workshop at West Point to work in over the winter. Indicates that a Mr. Gray has been appointed a commissary of military stores for General William Heath. Colonel Crane commanded the 3rd Battalion of Artillery.

People: Crane, John, 1744-1805
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyArtilleryWest Point (US Military Academy)Building ConstructionFortificationArtisansMilitary Supplies

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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