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Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) to Henry Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00436 Author/Creator: Jackson, Henry (1747-1809) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 2 September 1776 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Briefly describes an unsuccessful "secret expedition" to obtain some artillery pieces. Seeks assistance in outfitting a ship with guns. Discusses a town meeting to choose wardens and various militia officers. Says James Otis "spoke as well as ever he did in his life." Names militia officers chosen, including William Davies, who had been Paul Revere's fellow rider on the April 18, 1776 "midnight ride." Indicates that many people think there will be no fighting in New York in the fall, but he is uncertain. Prays that Knox's "head may be cove[re]d in the day of Battle."

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

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Military History, Artillery, Navy, Privateering, Government and Civics, Militia, Election, Battle, Friendship, Revolutionary War General

Sub Era: The War for Independence