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Washington, George (1732-1799) to New Hampshire re: asking for supplies, call to arms & poor state of army

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03706 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Valley Forge Type: Letter signed Date: 29 December 1777 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written in the hand of Robert Hanson Harrison. Washington appeals for clothing and supplies for his troops. Copies of this letter went to every state. Washington writes in part: "We had in Camp on the 23rd Instt. by a field report then taken, not less than 2898 men unfit for duty by reason of their being barefoot and otherwise naked." Fitzpatrick 10: 221-25 (based on the copy sent to Massachusetts).

People: Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Harrison, Robert Hanson, 1745-1790.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Valley Forge, President Continental Army, Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Clothing and Accessories, Military Uniforms, Military Supplies, Military Camp, Muster Rolls and Returns, Government and Civics, Military History

Sub Era: The War for Independence