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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Charles Lee

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00245 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Cambridge, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 January 1776 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Gives General Lee additional specifics on the artillery ordered from New York City and being sent to Cambridge, Massachusetts, which George Washington has already written Lee about. He sent a list of items sent by the Second Provincial Congress or Committee of Safety in New York (not included). Explains plans for their transport. Notes that even though Knox has retrieved artillery pieces from Fort Ticonderoga, the pieces from New York are badly needed. Knox also discusses his efforts to obtain artillery from New York City in GLC02437.00212, GLC02437.00220, and GLC02437.00222.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Lee, Charles, 1758-1815.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Military History, Fort Ticonderoga, Revolutionary War, Artillery, Siege of Boston, Transportation, President Continental Army

Sub Era: The War for Independence