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Selected papers, 1767-1782.

Author: William Alexander
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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These selected papers of William Alexander, spanning the years 1767 to 1782 (with a gap between late December 1779 to June 1781), consist of correspondence sent and received, military orders and reports, and bulletins to the Continental Congress. The earliest documents relate Lord Stirling's early commercial dealings, but the bulk of the papers chronicle his activities during the American Revolution. Alexander's
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Genre/Form: Correspondence
Reports
Military records
Microfilms
Named Person: William Alexander; Elias Boudinot; Peter Curtenius; Abraham Ogden; Jared Ingersoll; John Stevens; Philip Livingston; William Byrd; Henry Moore; Williams Smith; James Moncrieffe; Norborne Berkeley Botetourt, Baron de; John Hancock; George Washington; Alexander Hamilton; George Weedon; Lachlan McIntosh; John Sullivan; Daniel Morgan; Benedict Arnold; William Maxwell; Elias Dayton; Francis Barber; Oliver Spencer; James Caldwell; William Burnet; Richard Howell; Matthias Ogden; Henry Laurens; Cornelius Skinner; James Gambier; James Monroe; Nathanael Greene; Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin Steuben, Baron von; Henry Lee; Anthony Wayne; William Woodford; William Heath; Marinus Willett; William Johnson; Barry St Leger; Robert Yates; Abraham Ten Broeck; Robert R Livingston; George Reid; Robert Morris; Philip John Schuyler; George Clinton; Henry Knox; Alexander McDougall
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: William Alexander
OCLC Number: 476442328
Description: 1 linear foot (2 folio v.) Microfilm.

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These selected papers of William Alexander, spanning the years 1767 to 1782 (with a gap between late December 1779 to June 1781), consist of correspondence sent and received, military orders and reports, and bulletins to the Continental Congress. The earliest documents relate Lord Stirling's early commercial dealings, but the bulk of the papers chronicle his activities during the American Revolution. Alexander's baptism by fire emerges from the records of numerous campaigns and conflicts; the Battles of Long Island and Trenton in 1776, and of Brandywine the following year are well documented. Also covered in the Alexander Papers are civil and military affairs in New Jersey; military intelligence and troop movements in New Jersey and the Hudson Highlands; communication with enemy forces; and various matters of army administration. Alexander's frontier command is particularly well documented.

Notable correspondents include the most of the military and political leaders of the new state and national governments, as well as prominent merchants in New York and New Jersey. Exemplifying the caliber of the material is a report dated June 12, 1781, from General Washington to a board of general officers at New Windsor. In this signed document, Washington outlines plans for a Franco-American assault on New York and requests advice on seven specific points from his officer corps.

Items have each been inlaid into two folio volumes. The papers are extensively described in Sotheby's catalog "The Library of H. Bradley Martin, Highly Important Printed and Manuscript Americana: Auction Wednesday, January 31, 1990" (Lots 2506-2553) and are available to researchers on microfilm. Additional manuscripts relating to William Alexander can be found in the extensive Alexander Papers and the Rutherfurd Papers as well as in other gatherings of William Alexander's own correspondence, in The New-York Historical Society Manuscripts Department.

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