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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00647 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter Date: 4 September 1777 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Expresses surprise that the Continental Army has no knowledge of British General William Howe's location. Thinks it's possible, but unlikely, Howe intends to sail for Boston. Comments on the Battle of Bennington and the performance of General John Stark: "Genl Starks Action I think view'g every circumstance stands first in the American War... before this the Enemy were Ravage'g, butcherg and Scalp'g all before them, not a prisoner fell in there Land but was Tomhawk't to Death- now all is quiet with them & we hear nothing of their Scalp'g & c." Relates that [Burgoyne] has possibly retracted back to Ticonderoga, and ponders why Howe would leave Burgoyne isolated. Reports that a naval prize bound for New York from Liverpool, England, was taken at Boston 3 September, and papers on board suggest the British "look upon the affair to be up with us." Saw in one London paper a paragraph he had written to Knox the previous March in a letter. Asks Knox to speak to "the General" (George Washington) regarding his officers' commissions. Reports that he has not recruited many men recently, and his regiment consists of 160 men. Asks Henry to give his regards to "Bill," Henry's brother William Knox.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809.
Knox, William, 1756-1795.
Burgoyne, John, 1722-1792.
Howe, William Howe, Viscount, 1729-1814.
Stark, John, 1728-1822.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Burgoyne, John

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Navy, Fort Ticonderoga, Battle, Battle of Brandywine (Brandywine Creek), Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Continental Army, American Indian History, Atrocity, Death, Prisoner of War, Journalism, President Recruitment

Sub Era: The War for Independence