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Crane, John (1744-1805) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01307 Author/Creator: Crane, John (1744-1805) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 19 December 1781 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 31.6 x 18.8 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01307 Author/Creator: Crane, John (1744-1805) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 19 December 1781 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 31.6 x 18.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes to inform Knox of his "wishes that the detachment from the Regiment may joine us" if consistent with Knox's plans. They are acquiring clothing for the regiment and he wants the men to anticipate the new clothes and feel satisfaction from attaining them. Mentions that all but three companies of the Regiment are quartered at the Joint. They are collecting the materials for the ordnance as fast as possible but the men are not well fed so he does not want to rush them. Has the men in good winter quarters, is trying to build a guard house for the artillery, and declares the ammunition to be in good order, but says there is no covering to be had for the ordnance.

Full Transcript: [Excerpt:]
very little has been done toward repairing the Ordnance, we are Colecting the materials as fast as possible, the men are exceedingly naked destitute of pay and not well ...fed, therefore I cannot push them in this situation - We have got them, all in Good Winter Quarters have a Good work Shop, are now Building a Stone Guard House....See More

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

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyArtilleryMilitary ProvisionsMilitary SuppliesMilitary UniformsClothing and AccessoriesBuilding ConstructionWest Point (US Military Academy)Diet and nutritionMilitary CampAmmunition

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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