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Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) [Grievances of the Regiment of Artillery]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.10060 Author/Creator: Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 19 November 1782 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 35.7 x 23.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Directed to General Henry Knox and others chosen to present grievances of the Massachusetts Line before Congress. "...we the subscribers have been appointed by the Regiment of Artillery to lay before the Committee chosen to represent to Congress the affairs of the Line, a state of the grievances under which the regiment, in common with the Line and the Army at large, have long labored... It is a pleasing consideration to us, that you, Gentlemen to whom we are directed to apply ourselves, and who have been fellow sufferers with us, are so well acquainted with the circumstances of our present uneasiness..." Shaw, Colonel John Crane, and thirty-two other officers sign that they intend to retire from the service unless satisfactory relief is obtained, citing grievances such as deficiency of rations and lack of pay, among others.

People: Shaw, Samuel, 1754-1794
Crane, John, 1744-1805
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: CongressContinental CongressPetitionSoldier's PayContinental ArmyMilitary HistoryRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary Provisions

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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