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Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) to Robert Lawson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05272 Author/Creator: Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) Place Written: Richmond, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 November 1780 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 32 x 19.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by Jefferson as Governor of Virginia to Brigadier General Lawson of the Virginia Militia concerning a possible raid. Expects the raid to be south and says General Nathanael Greene would like troops sent in that direction. Reports that Baron Friedrich von Steuben is in Richmond and hopes to receive support from Lawson. Says von Steuben would like to meet and confer about supplies if it is possible. Wants Lawson to call at his house and von Steuben will be sent for. Was addressed to Lawson in Petersburg, Virginia.

Background Information: Notes: General George Washington appointed Nathanael Greene Commander of the Department of the South on 14 Oct. 1780. Greene's Southern Campaigns (Dec. 1780-Dec. 1781) met with great success and became the highlight of ...his military career. Baron Friedrich W. A. Steuben stayed in Virginia and did not accompany Greene on the campaign. General Robert Lawson of the Virginia militia also remained in Virginia and saw action in the Yorktown Campaign in 1781.See More

Full Transcript: Richmond Nov. 23. 1780.
Sir
The last intelligence from the enemy having indicated that they were on the point of departure, and it being probable that not only the force from hence ...but a new embarkation is destined Southwardly Genl. Greene has recommended strongly the hastening on succours to the South. for this purpose Baron Steuben is left here. he entertains hopes of receiving more immediate support from your corps than any other we have. should it not be inconvenient to you to take a ride here the Baron is very anxious to see & confer with you on the [strikeout] equipments still necessary for them. if you will do me the favor to call at my house I will send for the baron, and contribute my aid towards determining what is necessary, & practicable to be done.
I am Sir with great respect
Your most obedt. humble servt.
Th: Jefferson
[docket]
A Letter from Gov. Jefferson
No. 2

[address leaf]
Brigadr. Genl. Lawson
Petersburg.
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People: Lawson, Robert, d. ca. 1802
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryMilitary SuppliesPresidentVice President

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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