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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.01213
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0034] October 1781 
Title Benjamin Lincoln to Henry Knox concerning plans for the siege of Yorktown
Date 8 October 1781
Author Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence; Military document
Content Description Gives recommendations for arranging the artillery for the siege of Yorktown. Discusses the establishment of the first parallel for the investment and fears a delay in operations. Speculates that one in four shots from the Continental Army will hit the British works. Explains how operations in the field can differ from academic assessments because of the great variety in ordnance quality. Argues that the Continental Army should not expect anything from the current batteries except cover while they build the second parallel, and urges Knox to establish them with that purpose in mind. Cautions against wasting time "in vain expectations." Signed with initial only.
Subjects Battle (Siege, Surrender) of Yorktown  Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Military History  Continental Army  Artillery  Battle  Global History and Civics  Ammunition  
People Lincoln, Benjamin (1733-1810)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Place written Yorktown, Virginia
Theme The American Revolution
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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