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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.01205
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0034] October 1781 
Title Clement Biddle to Henry Knox reporting on the situation in Pennsylvania
Date 2 October 1781
Author Biddle, Clement (1740-1814)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence; Military document
Content Description Assures Knox that he will not publish his correspondence and asks him to write often about the operation in Virginia. Reports that the British "suffered much more severely in the Action off Cape Henry than you seem to have expected," referring to the Second Battle of the Virginia Capes. Mentions the actions of several naval vessels. Reports that British troops have landed on Staten Island and impressed many wagons. There are rumors of the British coming to burn Philadelphia and the militia is preparing. The remainder of the Pennsylvania line is in Philadelphia and plans to march 600 men southward in a few days. Gives news that Knox's daughter Lucy is well and enjoying her school. The Continental Army was then engaged in the Battle of Yorktown.
Subjects Navy  Battle (Siege, Surrender) of Yorktown  Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Military History  Continental Army  Battle  France  Wartime Pillaging and Destruction  Militia  Education  Women's History  
People Biddle, Clement (1740-1814)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Place written Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Theme The American Revolution; Children & Family; Women in American History; Naval & Maritime; Education
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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