|Title||Henry Knox document set|
|Date||1778 July 3 [letter]; n.d. [engraving]; n.d. [engraving].|
1 item - 4 leaf pamphlet with letter and engraving.
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
Secretary of War
|Scope & Content||
Henry Knox document set. 1 item - 4 leaf pamphlet with letter and engraving.
A.L.S., 1778, July 3, Camp Brunswick [New Jersey], to "My Dear Brother" [William Knox?], no address; lengthy description of the Battle of Monmouth [June 28, 1778].
Henry Knox, (1750-1806) Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., July 25, 1750. General in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; U.S. Secretary of War, 1789-94. Member, Society of the Cincinnati. He brought 59 cannon from Fort Ticonderoga to Dorchester, Mass., leading the British forces to evacuate Boston on March 17, 1776. Was part of many campaigns, including the Battle of Monmouth and Valley Forge. Swallowed a small chicken bone that damaged his intestines, and died three days later of peritonitis, in Thomaston, Knox County, Maine, October 21, 1806. Interment at Elm Grove Cemetery, Thomaston, Maine. Knox counties in Ill., Ind., Ky., Maine, Mo., Neb., Ohio, Tenn. and Tex. are named for him.
|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.|