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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.05267
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0103] November-December 1791 
Title William Hull to Henry Knox about building a canal and recent military losses
Date 20 December 1791
Author Hull, William (1753-1825)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence; Military document
Content Description Extended letter concerning the earlier mentioned canal to be built from the Connecticut River to Boston. Describes interactions with Captain [John] Hills, the surveyor, including all of his offers to help Hills. Discusses a recent loss their troops suffered. Hopes the loss will show the importance of establishing a national defense and a proper military establishment. Both he and his wife send their regards to Knox and Mrs. Knox. In a postscript Hull asks Knox to remember his part of the country if there should be an augmentation of troops.
Subjects Revolutionary War General  Canals  Infrastructure  Surveying  Commerce  Transportation  Military History  Government and Civics  Frontiers and Exploration  Westward Expansion  Northwest Indian War  Northwest Territory  American Indian History  Standing Army  Recruitment  Battle  Massacre  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Hull, William (1753-1825)  Hills, John (fl. 1771-1796)  
Place written Newton, Massachusetts
Theme Government & Politics; Westward Expansion; Science, Technology, Invention; Industry
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Additional Information William Hull, an army officer and territorial governor, was born in Derby, Connecticut. At the outbreak of the Revolution Hull joined the first company raised in Derby. He rose to lieutenant colonel in the Massachusetts line of the Continental army in 1779, and fought in most of the major battles in the northern theater. In January 1781 he won recognition for a raid he led on the British outpost at Morrissania. After leaving the service in 1784, Hull took to law and held a number of state and local offices. In 1805, Hull was appointed by Thomas Jefferson to be governor of the Michigan Territory where he developed a code of law and served as superintendent of Indian affairs. During the War of 1812, Hull was appointed brigadier general and commanded a force of 1,200 Ohio volunteers. Hull would later be court-martialed for his surrendering of Detroit during the War and was convicted of cowardice and neglect of duty. He was originally sentenced to be shot but President James Monroe commuted his sentence on the basis of his revolutionary services. Hull spent his later years cultivating a farm in Newton and trying to redeem his name. (William B. Skelton, "William Hull," American National Biography (1999): 455.)
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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