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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Lucy Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00655 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 October 1777 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written from Artillery Park Camp, 25 miles from Philadelphia. Notes that he would have written more details earlier, but "the success of the enterprise depended upon secrecy...." Gives an account of the Battle of Germantown (4 October 1777), in which "a fog which was but moderate at first became so thick from the Continental firing of cannon... that it absolutely became impossible to see..." Despite the conditions, reports, "Our troops are in prodigious spirits at being able to drive nearly the whole collective force of the enemy so far-" Relates that his brother, William Knox, "behaved with Spirit." Also notes that General [Francis] Nash was injured by a cannon (Nash died from this wound). Forwarded from Hartford, Connecticut 18 October 1777 by Jonathan Trumbull and signed by Trumbull.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Knox, Lucy Flucker, ca. 1756-1824.
Nash, Francis, 1720-1777.
Knox, William, 1756-1795.
Trumbull, Jonathan, 1740-1809.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Battle of Germantown, Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, Continental Army, Artillery, Battle, Bravery, Injury or Wound, Death

Sub Era: The War for Independence