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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.00423
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0014] July-August 1776 
Title Henry Knox to John Adams about obtaining materials for artillery production and recruitment [copy]
Date 21 August 1776
Author Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Recipient Adams, John  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Later copy. Responds to Adams' (see GLC02437.00416) and discusses the urgent need to obtain copper from mines in New Jersey in order to cast canons. Joins Adams in lamenting the lack of officers from Massachusetts in the Continental Army, but also considers there to be a dearth of qualified candidates. Discusses recruiting and training good officers' rely not only on gentlemen but also on "local" talent. Suggests Colonel John Glover for possible promotion. Discusses raising an army and re-enlistment at length. Warns Adams that a bounty of $25-$36 or 100-150 acres of land is necessary to recruit and hold soldiers at next enlistment. Focuses on the associated expenses and recommends pay increases. Discusses the impending British attack on New York, anticipating it will come through Long Island and predicting victory for the Americans. Believes a direct attack on Manhattan would be ruinous to the British forces.
Subjects Battle of Long Island (Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights)  President  Artillery  Mining  Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Military History  Continental Army  Recruitment  Land Transaction  Soldier's Pay  Finance  Global History and Civics  Battle  
People Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Adams, John (1735-1826)  Glover, John (1732-1797)  
Place written New York, New York
Theme The American Revolution; Industry; Creating a New Government
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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