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Patrick Henry letters

Label
Patrick Henry letters, 1778
Title
Patrick Henry letters
Inclusive dates
1778
Creator
Creator
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
This collection includes 3 facsimiles of secret orders given to George Rogers Clark from Patrick Henry, dated January 2, 1778, authorizing the attack on British posts at Kaskaskia and Vincennes during the American Revolutionary War. Also included is a letter dated December 8, 1778, written by Patrick Henry to Col. John Gibson regarding Gibson's request for clothing for his regiment given to Henry by a Captain Bell
Biographical or historical data
  • George Rogers Clark was born on November 19,1752 in Albermarle County, Virginia to John and Anne Rogers Clark. George was taught surveying by his grandfather and at the age of 20 he set out for the West. In 1776 he was one of the settlers from Kentucky selected to return to Virignia to seek recognition as a county and protection against Indian attacks. The next year he was commissioned as a Lieutenant Colonel and given the authority to raise a force of men to defend the Kentucky settlements. In the summer of 1778, Clark and his men took control of British posts at Kaskaskia and Cahokia without a shot being fired. In February 1779, Clark took control of Fort Sackville at Vincennes. Clark continued to lead men in battle until the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783. He died at the age of 66 on February 13, 1818. Sources:"George Rogers Clark: American Military Leader and Explorer." Encyclopedia Britannica. Accessed September 23, 2015. http://www.britannica.com/biography/George-Rogers-Clark. IN.gov. "George Rogers Clark Biography." Indiana Historical Bureau. Accessed September 23, 2015. http://in.gov/history/2958.htmNational Park Service. "History & Culture." George Rogers Clark National Historical Park. Accessed September 23, 2015. http://www.nps.gov/gero/learn/historyculture/index.htm.
  • Patrick Henry was born at Studley, Hanover County, Virginia on May 29, 1736 to John and Sarah Winston Syme Henry. As a young man he unsuccessfully worked as a planter and storekeeper, but around 1760 he decided to become a lawyer. Though self-taught, he was admitted to the bar and had a thriving practice serving Hanover and surrounding counties. He won a seat in the House of Burgesses in 1765 and became the first elected governor of Virginia in 1776. His speech at the Second Virginia Convention at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia on March 23, 1775 ended with the words, "Give me liberty, or give me death!", and helped ignite the American Revolution. When Patrick Henry was only 18 years old he married Sarah Shelton (1738-1775) in 1754. They had 6 children before Sarah died in 1775. In 1777 he married Dorothea Dandridge (1757-1831) and they had 11 children. Patrick Henry died at his home, Red Hill, in Virginia on June 6, 1999.Sources:"Biography of Patrick Henry." Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial. Accessed September 22, 2015. http://www.redhill.org/biography.html. "Explore the History." St. John's Church Foundation. Accessed September 23, 2015. http://historicstjohnschurch.org/explore-the-historyFindaGrave.com. "Patrick Henry." Find a Grave. Accessed September 23, 2015. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=472
Cataloging source
ISL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1736-1799
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Henry, Patrick
Location of other archival material
Material relating to this collection may be found on the Indiana Historical Bureau website: Letter of Instruction from Governor Patrick Henry of Virginia to George Rogers Clarkhttp://www.in.gov/history/2962.htm
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Clark, George Rogers
  • Gibson, John
  • Military orders
  • United States
  • Kaskaskia (Ill.)
  • Vincennes (Ind.)
Label
Patrick Henry letters
Link
Instantiates
Note
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2015/09/24 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2015/09/24 by Laura Eliason
Arrangement
This collection is arranged chronologically.
Carrier category
unspecified
Carrier category code
zu
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
unspecified
Content type code
zzz
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20471978
Extent
0.01 Cubic feet
Governing access note
This collection is open for research
Media category
unspecified
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
z
Ownership
This collection was received as a donation.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn935229398
  • (OCoLC)935229398
Terms governing use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Type of unit
1 folder
Label
Patrick Henry letters
Link
Note
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2015/09/24 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2015/09/24 by Laura Eliason
Arrangement
This collection is arranged chronologically.
Carrier category
unspecified
Carrier category code
zu
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
unspecified
Content type code
zzz
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20471978
Extent
0.01 Cubic feet
Governing access note
This collection is open for research
Media category
unspecified
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
z
Ownership
This collection was received as a donation.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn935229398
  • (OCoLC)935229398
Terms governing use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Type of unit
1 folder

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