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Hiwill, John (d. 1788) Return of the Music of the army under the immediate Command of his Excellency General Washington

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00900 Author/Creator: Hiwill, John (d. 1788) Place Written: New Windsor, New York Type: Autograph manuscript signed Date: 25 February 1781 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Lists musicians in the army by type, (fife, drum, B clarinet) location, and status. Includes a note from Knox in the hand of Samuel Shaw (who also signs for Knox) mentioning the needs of other states as well. Appears to be a copy of the enclosure cited in GLC02437.00928.

People: Hiwill, John, d. 1788.
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Shaw, Samuel, 1754-1794.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Muster Rolls and Returns, Revolutionary War, Continental Army, President Military History, Art, Music, Theater, and Film, Revolutionary War General, Military Supplies

Sub Era: The War for Independence