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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Richard Platt

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02531 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New Windsor Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 18 March 1781 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 24.5 x 19.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses the preliminary drawings of an artillery building at West Point which will include an ordnance store and a crane projecting from the building's pediment. Knox requests another building to serve as a laboratory.

Background Information: Platt was a Colonel in the Continental Army from 1775-1783, was Aide de camp to General Montgomery and a charter member of Society of Cincinnati.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Platt, Richard, 1755-1830

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralArtilleryBuilding ConstructionArchitectureAmmunitionWest Point (US Military Academy)Military History

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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