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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to John Jay

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01254 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Yorktown, Virginia Type: Manuscript letter Date: 21 October 1781 Pagination: 2 p. ; 4 p. : docket

Summary of Content: Later copy of GLC02437.01253. Indicates that French ships are about to dispatch with official accounts of the Battle of Yorktown. Knox feels he should tell Jay what has occurred because an official account from Congress may not be immediately forthcoming. Although the British had less forces in America than in 1776 or 1777, the Continental Army was compelled to attack Yorktown or consider the southern states lost. The Comte de Grasse was of similar opinion, and plans to attack New York were abandoned in favor of a siege of Yorktown. A detailed, chronological explanation of the Allied forces' actions between 27 September 1781 and 19 October 1781 follows in the clerical copy, Knox's original indicates that the text should replicate that in a letter to John Adams (see GLC02437.01251). A post script indicates that George Washington sent Jay authenticated copies of Lord Cornwallis' capitulation. GLC02437.01253 is the original and GLC02437.01254 is a handwritten clerical copy made by Judge William Jay on 25 August 1856.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Jay, John, 1745-1829
Jay, William, 1789-1858
Adams, John, 1735-1826
Washington, George

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: NavyFranceBattle of YorktownRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyArtilleryBattleSurrenderContinental CongressCongressPresidentGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyRailroadGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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