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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) [Draft of an opinion for General George Washington]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00637 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph document Date: 20 August 1777 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: "From the time which has elapsed since Genl Howe disappeared from the Capes, it may be fairly and certainly deduce'd that he has gone very far either to the Southward or eastward... and it may be concluded with the same probability that neither Philadelphia or the North river is the immediate object of his destination." Discusses William Howe's possible movements. Suggests mounting an offensive against John Burgoyne in the north, "as no longer to leave it in doubt who shall have the Ascendency in that quarter..." Knox predicts that a large scale attack in the north would draw Howe's forces, and the Americans would be able to stop guessing his location while securing the northern frontier. Suggests taking troops from Peekskill and New Windsor to Albany, New York, and leaving a large force at West Point for defense. Also reports, "from different accounts it appears that the savages are taking up the hatchet in several places..." Knox's retained draft.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Howe, William Howe, Viscount, 1729-1814.
Burgoyne, John, 1722-1792.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Battle of Brandywine (Brandywine Creek), Military History, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Navy, President Battle, West Point (US Military Academy), American Indian History, Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General

Sub Era: The War for Independence