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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00639 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter Date: 24 August 1777 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Comments on General John Stark and the Battle of Bennington ( 16 August 1777): "I don't think all History from Adam to this day, can produce such an instance, which an unequal number of raw undisciplind militia, have attack'd a Superor number of well disciplined regular Troops intrench in Lines- beat them out & gaind so complete a Victory [sic]--" Describes the celebration held in Boston following news of the victory, including liquor at the Bunch of Grapes Tavern, drum and fife music on a balcony, brass field pieces, and two barrels of grog in the street. Gives an account of a new ship with six women on board that mysteriously sunk near the Newbury Bar [Massachusetts]. Asks Henry to remember him to Henry's secretary (William Knox). In a post script, notes that all of the ship's passengers were saved except for one.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809.
Knox, William, 1756-1795.
Stark, John, 1728-1822.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Battle, Battle of Brandywine (Brandywine Creek), Women's History, Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, Militia, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Holidays and Celebrations, Alcohol, Art, Music, Theater, and Film, Artillery, Maritime, Disaster, Death

Sub Era: The War for Independence