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Van Dyke, Cornelius, fl. 1775-1783 [American Revolution orderly book of the 2nd New York with garrison orders for Fort Schuyler]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03158 Author/Creator: Van Dyke, Cornelius, fl. 1775-1783 Place Written: Rome, New York Type: Manuscript signed Date: 1 July 1779 - 24 May 1780 Pagination: 205 p. ; 15.7 x 19.8 cm. Order a Copy

Orderly book with orders issued by Lieutenant Colonel Cornelius Van Dyke and Major John Graham, some signed and in their hand. Notable orders relate to a Fourth of July celebration and General Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga. Many others concern military preparations, court martials, Indian trade proscriptions, and other matters related to the protection from the Iroquois on the New York frontier. Most entries name day guards. Fort Schuyler, in Oneida County, New York, was an outpost exposed to British-Indian raiding, especially just west, in the Mohawk Valley. Raids in that valley precipitated the Sullivan-Clinton expedition of 1779, which laid waste many Iroquois settlements. The orderly book reveals much about daily fears of capture and attack.

Van Dyck, Cornelius, fl. 1775-1783
Graham, John, ?-1832
Burgoyne, John, 1722-1792

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