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De Kalb, Johann (1721-1780) to George Washington

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03758 Author/Creator: De Kalb, Johann (1721-1780) Place Written: Petersburg, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 June 1780 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written by General De Kalb, known as Baron De Kalb, as second in command of the Carolina campaign. Written to General Washington. Encloses a copy of a letter he sent to the Board of War so Washington would know his route of march (that letter is not included). Says he put the Second Brigade on their march and claims he is setting out at this moment to come up with the troops in front. De Kalb died from wounds he received at the Battle of Camden on 19 August 1780. Some staining on verso, from what appears to be a mat border.

People: Washington, George, 1732-1799.
De Kalb, Johann, 1721-1780.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, President Continental Army, Immigration and Migration, Continental Congress, Congress

Sub Era: The War for Independence