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Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) to Lieutenant of Berkeley Co. re: arrival of British troops & mobilizing militia

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01636 Author/Creator: Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) Place Written: In Council [Richmond] Type: Letter signed Date: 22 October 1780 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Manuscript letter signed by Jefferson as governor of Virginia, ordering the Lieutenant of Berkeley County to mobilize a quarter of the county militia.

People: Cornwallis
Francis Marion
Benedict Arnold
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: President Revolutionary War, Militia, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Government and Civics, Military History

Sub Era: The War for Independence