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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) [Henry Knox's responses to questions posed by George Washington]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00722 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript document Date: 2 September 1778 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Later copy. Knox considers whether or not the greater part of the Continental Army should move east to reinforce troops in Newport, Rhode Island and Boston, Massachusetts. Suggests lending assistance if American General John Sullivan's troops are captured. Suggests leaving a force in the Hudson River Highlands comparable to the size of the British force in New York. Advises against an attack on New York. Remarks that obtaining bread will be difficult for the troops moving east.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Sullivan, John, 1740-1795.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, Continental Army, President Military Law, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: The War for Independence