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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Lucy Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00489 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: White Plains, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 18 November 1776 Pagination: 2 p. : address ; 24.5 x 17.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Informs her of the loss of Fort Washington and 1,500 men. "This is the most severe stroke we have received during the war as to the number of men." Writes that he is very upset over the terrible defeat, but has not lost hope.

Full Transcript: [draft]
Camp near White Plains Nov:r 18 1776
I am very sorry to inform you of the surrender of Fort Washington on the 16th. with 1500 hundred men - a Colo Mc ...Gaw of Philadelphia Commanded I had about one hundred officers and men among whom was Capt [Pearot?] - This is the most severe stroke We have received during the war - as to the number of men I [mean?] or I can see no other ill consequences arrising - the enemy will triumph & we are disgrac'd God grant us a speedy opportunity to retrieve this unhappy affair - I am so chagrind with this disgraceful affair that I cant write much - I beg your Love to excuse me - Let me know When Billey Comes but I wish you not come on before you receive the [Leave?] [2] from me - I am fearful that I shall be obligd to to the southward however I will write you speedily
I am with the utmost [tenderly?]
Love can inspire Your Very
Affectionate Husband
[address leaf]
Mrs Knox
New Haven
favord by Mr Smith
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People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Knox, Lucy Flucker, 1756-1824

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryBattleGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyDeathPresidentFortificationInjury or WoundFriendshipContinental Army

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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