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Billinger, Peter (fl. 1781) [Petition to New York Governor George Clinton for help against Indian attacks]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05541 Author/Creator: Billinger, Peter (fl. 1781) Place Written: Fort Herkimer, New York Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 8 February 1781 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Signed by fifteen inhabitants of German Flats and Kingsland during the American Revolution. Describes previous attacks, claiming that the "enemy have already burnt two hundred and twenty buildings" and "reduced from 450 to 139 capable of bearing arms." Seeks assistance immediately. Accompanied by a newspaper clipping with an excerpt from "Life of Brant" about Indian raids on Little Falls, New York in 1780.

People: Billinger, Peter, fl. 1781.
Clinton, George, 1739-1812.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Petition, American Indian History, Revolutionary War, Military History, Wartime Pillaging and Destruction, Militia, Weaponry

Sub Era: The War for Independence