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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) [Recommendation for a furlough]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02672 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 17 October 1783 Pagination: 3 p. : address : docket ; 20.2 x 16.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Three parts. First part is a request for a furlough on behalf of Ensign Lyman, and is signed by Caleb Gibbs. Second part gives permission for the furlough, and is signed by Henry Jackson. The last part, written and signed by Knox, confirms the leave of absence. Knox writes: "Ensign Lyman of the 2d Massachusetts regiment hereby has leave of absence for the recovery of his health which when reestablished he is to join his regiment. Given at West Point this 17th October 1783." Noted as a copy.

People: Gibbs, Caleb, ca. 1748-1818
Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyHealth and Medical

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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