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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) An inventory of cannon &c brought from Ticonderoga

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.08383 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph document Date: 10 December 1775 - 13 January 1776 Pagination: 4 p. ; 32 x 20.9 cm.

Evidently a working document, with entries added at various times; possibly part of a longer journal. The first page comprises a detailed inventory of 16 mortars and howitzers, and 43 cannon, with a total weight of 119,900 pounds, "brought from Ticonderoga December 10th 1775." Information includes composition (iron or brass), bore size and weight. Subsequent annotations amend figures and cite which armaments have been "Carr[ie]d." Pages two through three include a template of information to be kept regarding the transportation of the arms. The name of one carrier, Herman [Fort], has been entered with a date of [7] January 1776. The chart is followed by instructions: "By all means endeavor that the heavy cannon and mortars go off first. Let the touch-holes and vents … be turned downwards. The lead and flint are to come as far as Albany … Observe that 2 pairs of horses be [put] to between 2 or 3 thousand weight … Write to me by every slay the quantity that is upon that slay … All to be d[elivere]d at Springfield or Boston …" Mentions that D.Q.G. Philip Schuyler will also be looking into the particulars. Additional entries, dated 25 December 1775, Albany, name carriers assigned to transport groups of the armaments, and their destinations. The fourth page includes additional related figures as well as a 13 January [1776] entry of three names (possibly additional carriers).

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