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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to William Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00451 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 September 1776 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses corresponding with his brother. Describes the artillery department in the Continental Army as one of the busiest, and the reason he cannot write as frequently as would prefer to. Gives his analysis and opinions of recent events, commenting on British activities and George Washington's leadership, the poor quality of officers the Continental Army, the failures of the Continental Congress, and the needs of the army. Believes that the Battle of Long Island was their one chance to win New York. Comments on the morale-boosting effects of the small victory at the Battle of Harlem Heights. Gives instructions to pay Major John Crane and a message for Henry Jackson. Written at Harlem Heights in New York (16 September 1776.)

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Knox, William, 1756-1795.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Crane, John, 1744-1805.
Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Battle, Battle of Long Island (Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights), President Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, Continental Army, Artillery, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, President Gambling, Continental Congress, Soldier's Pay, Finance

Sub Era: The War for Independence