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Keith, J. (fl. 1778) [Copy of report from court of inquiry ordering a court martial]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04764.57 Author/Creator: Keith, J. (fl. 1778) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 18 January 1778 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 24 x 18.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by Keith as Deputy Adjunct General to General William Heath. Copy of an extract of the report on court of inquiry on allegations of murder and misconduct against British troops by Colonel David Henley, American commander of the Prospect Hill barracks. Says the court has decided that based on evidence offered by General John Burgoyne, commander of the captured British Convention Army, a court martial is necessary. Says court martial will take place next Tuesday at 10 a.m. Henley was accused by Burgoyne in "a general tenor of language [of] conduct heinously criminal as an Officer, & unbecoming a man: of the most indecent, violent, vindictive Severity against unarmed men; & of intentional murder." Keith wrote in the names of the officers who signed the original report. Says Lieutenant Colonel Tudor will be Judge Advocate. Marked "No. 53" near docket.

Background Information:

People: Kingston, Robert M., fl. 1776-1779

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryBattleBattle of SaratogaConvention ArmyPrisoner of WarMilitary LawCrimeAtrocity

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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