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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Lucy Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00640 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 August 1777 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written at "Derby, 7 Miles below Philadelphia" (possibly Darby, Pennsylvania). Reports that his troops had begun to march to the North River (the Hudson), but received a dispatch that British General William Howe was in the Chesapeake Bay. Believes Philadelphia to be Howe's target, and predicts he will approach Philadelphia via the Delaware River, not the Chesapeake Bay. Reports that American troops marched through Philadelphia 24 August: "their excellent appearance... astonished the Tories, who are very downcast in the Respectability of the army." Reports that he and General Nathanael Greene traveled to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to obtain gauze for Lucy, and were called back by General George Washington. Refers to General John Stark's victory in the recent Battle of Bennington and praises Stark's command of the militia. In closing Knox expresses his love for Lucy.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Knox, Lucy Flucker, ca. 1756-1824.
Stark, John, 1728-1822.
Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786.
Howe, William Howe, Viscount, 1729-1814.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Battle, Battle of Brandywine (Brandywine Creek), Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Continental Army, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Loyalist, Textile, Travel, Home Furnishings, President Militia, Love Letters, Military History

Sub Era: The War for Independence