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Adams, Samuel (1722-1803) to Roger Sherman

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04757 Author/Creator: Adams, Samuel (1722-1803) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 August 1777 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written by Adams as a Contiental Congressman from Massachusetts to Sherman as a Contiental Congressman from Connecticut. References Sherman's letter of 11 July 1777. Says Sherman's rumor has turned into a fact as Fort Ticonderoga has fallen "shamefully." Adams castigates Schuyler for not properly defending the fort and for having no confidence in his troops. Adams is especially outraged by the general's report "a very great part of the army naked -- without blankets -- ill armed." Says General Horatio Gates has taken command of the North and says "I trust our Affairs in that Quarter will soon war a more promising Aspect." Says 200 ships have recently been seen near the Capes of Delaware and are steering for the Chesapeake Bay.

People: Adams, Samuel, 1722-1803.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Government and Civics, Continental Congress, Congress, Fort Ticonderoga, Battle of Fort Ticonderoga, Military History, Continental Army, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Clothing and Accessories, Weaponry, Fortification Military Supplies, Uniforms, Revolutionary War General, Navy

Sub Era: The War for Independence