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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1776
|Anthony Wayne to Abraham Robinson reporting on the impending approach of the British army and his state of this army that was to face it
|14 October 1776
|Wayne, Anthony (1745-1796)
|Writes just as the British are approaching Fort Ticonderoga for an attack. "I have just time to inform you that the Enemy are approaching - the shattered remains of our fleet arrived last night." Eleven of the sixteen ships were lost, as well as two hundred men. "The whole body of the Enemy are now within two hours march of us - and we expect to see them every moment." Promises that "the contest will be warn and bloody - they out number us - but if we are too die - we are enough - and if to conquer the few men the greater than of Honor." Says he is sending Robinson's brother away, across Lake George, because he is unwell and unfit for the coming battle. "Whilst I am writing the Sentinels anounce the Enemies approach - I must mount my horse and advance to attack them - Remember me to Sister Sally...take care of my helpless family - & farewell my dear friend and brother - perhaps forever." Written just after the American fleets defeat on Lake Champlain. Though Wayne did engage the British under Sir Guy Carleton, no direct attack was made on the fort until later in the war. Written at Fort Ticonderoga.
|Fort Ticonderoga Revolutionary War Global History and Civics Navy Military History Battle Death Health and Medical Children and Family
|Wayne, Anthony (1745-1796) Robinson, Abraham (1740-1787)
|Ticonderoga, New York
|The American Revolution; Children & Family; Women in American History; Naval & Maritime; Health & Medicine
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|Abraham Robinson was Wayne's cousin.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859