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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Timothy Pickering

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01640 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 October 1782 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 33.2 x 20.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes that time is passing and he does not have any new artificers to help construct the new barracks to house the infantry. Colonel [John] Crane's party is stationed in the woods, and will want teams (he may be referring to oxen) to "begin to draw the timber to the water side tomorrow or next day." Major Villefranche also will want teams to draw timber for the barracks on Constitution Island. Expects all of the hauling of timber to occupy twelve teams, and would like to know when and where the teams are gathering.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Pickering, Timothy, 1745-1829
Villefranche, Jean-Louis-Ambroise de Genton, chevalier de, 1747-1784
Crane, John, 1744-1805

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: FranceRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralContinental ArmyMilitary HistoryWest Point (US Military Academy)InfantryBuilding ConstructionTransportationMilitary SuppliesMilitary UniformsGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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