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Washington, George (1732-1799) to Henry Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.09370 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania Type: Manuscript letter signed Date: 26 October 1777 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: General Washington writes to Knox, Chief of Artillery for the Continental Army. Informs Knox he will soon be called to a council of War, and will be asked his opinion on several issues: whether the Continental Army should engage in a general attack against the British; if not, what stance the army should take; where Continental troops should be stationed in reference to the British occupation of Philadelphia; how to prevent the British from drawing supplies from the city during the winter, etc.

People: Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: President, Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, Continental Army, Military Camp, Military Supplies, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Valley Forge

Sub Era: The War for Independence