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Letter from John Hancock to Artemas Ward, 22 June 1775

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Title:
Letter from John Hancock to Artemas Ward, 22 June 1775
Description:
Artemas Ward, a General from Massachusetts, has been in charge of the colonial forces camped in Cambridge since the day after the battles of Lexington and Concord. He has written to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia of the trials in organizing an army, asking for assistance or "I shall be left all alone." He waits for a response. A debate breaks out in Congress: should they authorize the creation of an Army of the United Colonies? If so, whom should they pick to lead it? Artemas Ward already has experience and knows his troops, but he is relatively unknown outside New England. Some members in Congress also believe it is important to raise support outside of the turbulent New England area. Attention turns to a Virginian, one who has turned up to Congress repeatedly in his military uniform. From the Hancock family papers
Correspondent:
Washington, George, 1732-1799
Correspondent:
Hancock, John, 1737-1793
Creator:
Ward, Artemas, 1727-1800
Date:
June 22, 1775
Format:
Manuscripts
Location:
Massachusetts Historical Society
Collection (local):
Massachusetts Historical Society Collection
Subjects:
Continental Congress
History
Continental Army
Siege
1775-1776
Places:
United States
MassachusettsSuffolk (county)Boston
United States.
Boston, (Mass.)
Extent:
32.7 cm x 20.5 cm
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Language:
English
Identifier:
nuview_628