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Beckwith, George, Sir (1753-1823) [British spy report]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05224.02 Author/Creator: Beckwith, George, Sir (1753-1823) Place Written: New York Type: Autograph document signed Date: 10 September 1781 Pagination: 1 p. ; 32.3 x 20.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Reports on intelligence given by Jesse Sturges, "Washington's army passed that place on his march to Virginia, in order to form a Junction with the French." Informs that Washington has 5000 French and 2000 Continental troops. States that any boat in the Chesapeake that could carry men was used. Reports that the French fleet is in Lynnhaven Bay, Virginia.

Background Information: Beckwith was the head of British intelligence operations in the Colonies at the end of the Revolutionary War.

People: Beckwith, George, 1753-1823
Washington, George, 1732-1799
Sturges, Jesse, fl. 1781

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarMilitary HistoryRevolutionary War GeneralSpyingContinental ArmyBattle (Siege, Surrender) of YorktownGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsNavy

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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