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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Timothy Pickering

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.10086 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 January 1783 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 35.5 x 23.2 cm.

Summary of Content: General Knox writes to Pickering, Quartermaster General of the Army. Requests money to repair redoubts in the West Point vicinity. Notes that Major Villefranche, engineer at West Point, supports Knox's opinion that the redoubts are in need of repair.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Pickering, Timothy, 1745-1829
Villefranche, Jean-Louis-Ambroise de Genton, chevalier de, 1747-1784

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: FranceFinanceMilitary CampBuilding ConstructionWest Point (US Military Academy)Military HistoryContinental ArmyRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War General

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