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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Thomas S. Lee

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.10025 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Annapolis, Maryland Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 September 1781 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 36.6 x 24.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Informs the Maryland governor of the need for 30,000 feet of wooden planks for the upcoming siege of Yorktown. Has asked General Mordecai Gist to obtain the supplies. Also mentions eight tons of powder that need to be forwarded "to the points of operation in Virginia." Reports that these needs are extremely urgent.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Lee, Thomas Sim, 1745-1819
Gist, Mordecai, 1742-1792

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Government and CivicsRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyTransportationMilitary SuppliesBattle (Siege, Surrender) of YorktownAmmunitionArtillery

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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