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Wayne, Anthony (1745-1796) to Robert Morris

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02620 Author/Creator: Wayne, Anthony (1745-1796) Place Written: Chickahominy River, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 12 July 1781 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 24 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Major General Wayne discusses the campaign that led up to the Battle of Yorktown. Discusses forcing Lord Cornwallis to retreat, justifies his unorthodox tactics, and describes an amazing escape at the battle of Green Spring.

People: Wayne, Anthony, 1745-1796
Morris, Robert, 1734-1806

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Battle (Siege, Surrender) of YorktownRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryBattleGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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