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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to William Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00478 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: White Plains, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1 November 1776 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Mentions problems with the post. Explains why the Continental Army had retreated in the Battle of White Plains (28 October 1776). Notes that military intelligence gathered from British prisoners and deserters suggests the British are planning to attempt a decisive attack. The Continental Army will try to avoid any general battle in which they lack "most advantageous terms."

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Knox, William, 1756-1795.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Prisoner of War, Battle of White Plains, Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, Post Office, Continental Army, Battle, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Desertion

Sub Era: The War for Independence