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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to James Byers

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02111 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 April 1783 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 34.9 x 22.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses the artillery of the army and corrects a mistake regarding the placement of the dolphins for the guns. Also discusses placement of the "Arms of the United States" on artillery. Closes by saying that "Although peace has taken place" he still wishes to have six of the howitzers cast "as soon as possible." Signature is partially torn off.

People: Byers, James, fl. 1767-1784
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: IndustryRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyArtilleryArtisansArt, Music, Theater, and FilmAmerican FlagAmerican Symbols and SealsTreatyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign Policy

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