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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to James Byers

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.10089 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 31 January 1783 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 35.7 x 23.2 cm.

Summary of Content: General Knox, commanding at West Point, writes to Byers, who operated a foundry in Springfield, Massachusetts. Encloses a letter from the "Minister of War," referring to Benjamin Lincoln, Secretary of War. Indicates that Lincoln ordered Byers to obey Knox's orders regarding ordnance to be cast. Forwards Byers a draft for an eight inch howitzer created by [Richard] Frothingham, Field Commissary of Military Stores. Discusses cannon orders. Verso contains a copy of a note penned and signed for Benjamin Lincoln by Samuel Shaw to Byers written 22 December 1782, confirming that Byers will receive orders from Knox.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Byers, James, fl. 1767-1784
Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810
Frothingham, Richard, 1748-1819

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: ArtilleryIndustryMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War General

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