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Gates, Horatio (1728-1806) to Richard Howley

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06278 Author/Creator: Gates, Horatio (1728-1806) Place Written: Berkeley County, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 February 1781 Pagination: 4 p. ; 25.4 x 20.3 cm.

Summary of Content: General Gates encloses a letter from Virginia Governor Thomas Jefferson (not included). Discusses Lord Cornwallis's advance into Virginia, arguing against those who think the action rash because of the support Cornwallis may have from General William Phillips in North Carolina and Benedict Arnold "in his front." Asserts the possibility of Cornwallis defeating General Nathanael Greene and making a cooperative maneuver with General Henry Clinton before the Continental Army is recruited and equipped. Comments on his desire for additional news and to travel to Philadelphia. Also discusses the policies of France, Spain, and England.

Background Information: Richard Howley served as the governor of Georgia in 1780 and as a member of the Continental Congress in 1780 and 1781.

People: Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806
Howley, Richard, 1740-1784
Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801
Cornwallis, Charles Cornwallis, Marquis, 1738-1805
Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786
Clinton, Henry, Sir, 1730-1795
Phillips, William, 1731-1781

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyRecruitmentMilitary SuppliesGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsFrancePresidentVice President

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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