|Title||Benedict Arnold document set|
|Date||1776 June 24 [letter]|
|Description||1 item - 3 leaf pamphlet with letter.|
Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801
Gansevoort, Leonard, 1751-1810
|Scope & Content||
Benedict Arnold document set. 1 item - 3 leaf pamphlet with letter.
The letter is addressed from Fort Edward, and asks Governor Gansevoort's assistance in helping his kinsman bring a parcel of goods from Ticonderoga to Albany [New York]. Gansevoort was the commander (Col.) at Fort George at the time.
Benedict Arnold, 1741-1801, was a brilliant soldier and tactician in the American Revolution. He was also an American hero until 1780, when, embittered and financially ruined by the country he had given all to defend, he schemed to hand over the fort at West Point, New York, to the British. He then became a British officer, but was never truly accepted by either side again.
Possibly Leonard Gansevoort, (1751-1810) of Albany County, N.Y. Born in Albany, Albany County, N.Y., July 14, 1751. Colonel in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; member of New York state assembly from Albany County, 1778-79, 1787-88; Delegate to Continental Congress from New York, 1788; member of New York state senate, 1790-93, 1796-1802 (Western District 1790-93, Eastern District 1796-98, Western District 1798-99, Eastern District 1799-1802). Died in Albany, Albany County, N.Y., August 26, 1810. Original interment in unknown location; reinterment at Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, N.Y.
|Admin/Biographical History||John S. H. Fogg, compiler of this collection, born in Eliot, Maine. Graduated from Bowdoin College in 1846, earned a degree in medicine from Harvard College in 1850 and established his practice in South Boston, Massachusetts. While a student at Bowdoin, Dr. Fogg developed a lifelong interest in collecting autograph letters and documents, particularly those relating to the history of the United States. Paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair in 1873, Fogg gave undivided attention to building his magnificent collection. Beginning in 1875, he had completed the task by 1881.|