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Hancock, John (1737-1793) to David Wooster

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06404 Author/Creator: Hancock, John (1737-1793) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 9 October 1775 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 31 x 18.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Directing Brigadier General Wooster's troops to build batteries on the highlands of Hudson (North) River as per General Schuyler's commands.

Background Information:

People: Hancock, John, 1737-1797
Wooster, David, 1711-1777
Schuyler, Philip John, 1733-1804

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Continental CongressCongressRevolutionary WarMilitary HistoryFortification

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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