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Knox, William (1756-1795) [Account of the campaign of September and October 1777]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00654 Author/Creator: Knox, William (1756-1795) Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript document Date: 16 September 1777 - 16 October 1777 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Later copy. Possibly created by William Knox, General Henry Knox's brother. Contains a report of the 20 September Battle of Paoli. Mentions Generals Knox, Green (possibly Nathanael Greene), and Alexander McDougall. In an entry for 28 September, records the receipt of favorable news from the north (referring to the Battle of Freeman's Farm). Mentions Generals John Burgoyne (British), Horatio Gates, and Benedict Arnold. An entry for 30 September states, "Very cold nights, having no blankets." Gives an account of the 4 October Battle of Germantown, reporting that General Francis Nash was wounded (Nash died from this wound). On 11 October, reports that a court of inquiry met to assess the conduct of General John Sullivan, who led a failed expedition to Staten Island, noting on 12 October that Sullivan was acquitted. An entry for 14 October attests that Horatio Gates gained advantage over Burgoyne in the north (Saratoga, New York). Relates that General [Simon] Fraser died in the engagement. Previously marked as a copy.

People: Knox, William, 1756-1795.
McDougall, Alexander, 1732-1786.
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786.
Burgoyne, John, 1722-1792.
Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801.
Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806.
Nash, Francis, 1720-1777.
Sullivan, John, 1740-1795.
Fraser, Simon, 1729-1777.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Battle of Saratoga, Battle of Germantown, Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Battle, Military Camp, Military Supplies, Naturalization, Death, Military Law

Sub Era: The War for Independence