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Hand, Edward (1744-1802) [Hand's Revolutionary War letterbook]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03426 Author/Creator: Hand, Edward (1744-1802) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph manuscript Date: 10 October 1777-11 April 1778 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Many letters contained within this book were created at Fort Pitt, Pennsylvania. Various other locations are noted. A typed biography and a partial list of persons to whom Hand's letters were written are included with this book. "Copies of Letters written to officers while at Fort Pitt ... 44 leaves Mrs S. Bethel" is written on the front cover.

People: Hand, Edward, 1744-1802.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

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

Sub Era: The War for Independence