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Wayne, Anthony (1745-1796) to Nathanael Greene

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06691 Author/Creator: Wayne, Anthony (1745-1796) Place Written: Williamsburg, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 September 1781 Pagination: 6 p. : docket ; 23.4 x 19.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Major General Wayne writing shortly before the siege of Yorktown, looks forward to the arrival of Admiral François de Grasse and praises the French forces. Predicts victory over Lord Cornwallis. Expects that the arrival of George Washington "will enable us to complete the investiture immediately." Comments on the Marquis de Lafayette's illness and his own wound. Describes the British fortifications at Yorktown and Gloucester and expresses his "fervent hope to see the American Colours...displayed upon the British lines."

Background Information:

People: Wayne, Anthony, 1745-1796
Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786
Washington, George, 1732-1799

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyBattle (Siege, Surrender) of YorktownGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsFranceAmerican FlagHealth and MedicalInjury or WoundFortification

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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