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St. Clair, Arthur (1737-1802)
Autograph Letter, Signed, to Major General Schuyler
Tyconderoga, 1776. 1 p. pen and ink on paper. Docketed on verso. Folio. St. Clair's letter to Major General Philip Schuyler, commander of the Northern Department reads in part: "I have taken the Liberty to enclose two letters under this Cover to you-I beg the favour of you to forward them by the first opportunity-I will not trouble you with the news of this place as General Gates writes to you by this opportunity and am with your respect." At the time of its writing, three months had passed since St. Clair participated in the Battle of Trois-Rivière and the army was forced to retreat to Fort Ticonderoga after the ill-fated invasion of Canada. The British were eager to retake the fort, which was perched on a strategic narrows on the south end of Lake Champlain, and both sides were frantically building navies that would clash on the lake in October at the Battle of Valcour Island. A former British officer turned rebel, Scottish-born Arthur St. Clair was already a veteran of the French and Indian War when he accepted a commission in the Continental Army as colonel of the 3rd Pennsylvania Regiment. The month before writing this letter, he was ordered south, and in December, 1776, he joined George Washington during the army's retreat into Pennsylvania. St. Clair was instrumental in recruiting new soldiers to augment the depleted Continental Army. He was at the forefront at the Battle of Trenton and is credited with the strategy that resulted in the ensuing victory at Princeton. He returned to Ticonderoga as commander of the doomed stronghold in April 1777, and his ignominious re … [Click Below for Full Description]
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