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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Board of War and Ordnance

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01264 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Yorktown, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 October 1781 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ;

Reports that Lord Cornwallis' surrender at the Battle of Yorktown precludes the need for the additional ordnance requested from Williamsburg (see GLC02437.01204). Indicates that by order of General George Washington, some arms will be kept on deposit in Virginia and sent to General Nathanael Greene. This eliminates the need for Colonel Robert Harrison to obtain ammunition from the Board of War & Ordnance for Greene.

Camp near York 26 October 1781

By Colonel Tilghman you must have heard of the surrender of Lord Cornwallis which precludes the necessity of the additional shot and shells requested from Williamsburg. I have [struck: write] [inserted: written] to Mr Hodgdon at Baltimore not to send any more shot and shells to this place.
I shall by permission of his Excellency deposit in this state a most ample quantity of arms, accoutrements & musquet cartridges, which will be fully adequate to any demands that General Greene will make and which [struck: precludes] render unnecessary entirely the [stores] for which Colonel Harrison went to Philadelphia, of which I request the board to inform him- A large supply of musquet cartridges will soon be sent to General [2] Greene.
I have the honor to be
with great respect Gentlemen
your most obedn't
Honourable board War & Orsnance

To The Board of War
26 Octo. 1781

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