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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00668 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter Date: 27 November 1777 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Colonel Jackson writes, "Are you dead or alive- one post after another, and not a line from you-its a Mo since I saw your hand writi'g." Describes his attempts to enlist soldiers. Asks if George Washington would approve if he enlists British General John Burgoyne's men, who are marching through on their way to embark for England following the British defeat at Saratoga. Argues that since Burgoyne's men are neither prisoners nor deserters, he should be able to recruit them. Hopes to obtain a set of bayonet belts based on the English pattern. Reports he will not be able to make it to camp (where Knox is stationed outside of Philadelphia) until mid-January.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809.
Burgoyne, John

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Battle of Saratoga, Convention Army, Prisoner of War, Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, Recruitment, Continental Army, President Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Desertion, Weaponry, Military Camp, Military Supplies, Military Uniforms, Valley Forge

Sub Era: The War for Independence