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Brodhead, Daniel (1736-1809) [Brodhead's Revolutionary War letterbook]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02867.01 Author/Creator: Brodhead, Daniel (1736-1809) Place Written: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph manuscript signed Date: 15 April 1779- 20 October 1780 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Includes various letters written by Colonel Brodhead, commander of the Western Department in Pittsburgh. Early entries in this book are created in Pittsburgh, while later entries are created at Fort Pitt, Pennsylvania. This book begins with a list of recipients arranged alphabetically. Recipients of Brodhead's letters include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Timothy Pickering, and many others.

People: Brodhead, Daniel, 1736-1809.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
Pickering, Timothy, 1745-1829.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Letterbook, Revolutionary War, Military History, President Frontiers and Exploration, American Indian History, Continental Army, Atrocity, Massacre

Sub Era: The War for Independence