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Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810) to John Thomas

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02498.07 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 June 1775 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 19.7 x 15.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by Lieutenant Colonel Lincoln to Brigadier General Thomas. Says he is sending one load of tent poles and that he should "order them droped" where he wants. If all can't be used at Roxbury, asks they be sent to Cambridge. Written five days after the Battle of Bunker Hill and on the same day Congress prepared a list of Continental Brigadier Generals that overlooked Thomas. At the time, Thomas was an officer in the state militia. Washington hinted that Congress should fix the mistake, and when another officer declined his appointment, Thomas was selected. Thomas died of smallpox on 2 June 1776 after retreating from Montreal in May 1776. Dated from the Committee of Supply's chamber, whereabouts unknown.

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Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistorySiege of BostonMilitary CampMilitary SuppliesContinental Army

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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