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Walker, John (1744 - 1809) to George Weedon

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06500.01 Author/Creator: Walker, John (1744 - 1809) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 June 1780 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Hears that Weedon has been called back into service. Feels the war is going well and expects a favorable outcome. "Let it not be said that Virginia was exceeded by any" other state. The British burned Springfield, then retreated to Elizabethtown. Expects them to attack West Point next, but thinks America will soon "be prepared for them at all points." Wonders "where in the name of Heaven are the Monsieurs (the French) all this time."

People: Weedon, George, 1734-1793.
Walker, John, 1744-1809.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, Continental Army, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, France, West Point (US Military Academy), Wartime Pillaging and Destruction, Navy

Sub Era: The War for Independence