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April 22, 1779

THE AMERICAN JOURNAL & GENERAL ADVERTISER, Providence, Rhode Island, April 22, 1779 

* The Battle of Horse Neck
* Greenwich, Connecticut
* General Israel Putnam
* Gen. George Washington


A truly rare title from the Revolutionary War, as it lasted for less than 1 1/2 years from March, 1779 to August, 1781.
This issue is volume 1, number 6.
The front page begins with a letter concerning depreciation of Continental money, taking over two-thirds of the front page.
Page 2 has a note from an American at the court of France: "I have but one piece of advice to give you.I never had any other. Be Not Deceived. Although Great Britain is in a most deplorable situation, she will neither acknowledge our independence, nor withdraw her troops. You must kill, starve, or take them all."
But the best content would be the inside page account of the Battle of Horse Neck (Connecticut) written by Major General Putnam himself & which includes the List of Prisoners taken at Horseneck the 26th ult."
Putnan's account--the very same letter which appears in several sites online--is introduced by General Washington who mentions: "...an extract o a letter from Major General Putnam, containing an account of the incursion of the enemy to Horseneck..." signed in type: G. Washington.
Yet additional war content on pg. 3 including: "We learn that a few days ago a large body of the enemy from New York arrived on Staten Island...to counteract any designs the enemy may have in making another descent into this state. We hear Major-General Arnold hath obtained leave to retire for a while from the duties of his station, to take charge of his domestic affairs...". Then a letter with news from Georgia noting: "...that they have received a severe drubbing from General Lincoln..." and other accounts.
Then a letter from an officer at Middlebrook which includes: "The last accounts from the Southward were favorable; the enemy's force on the decline and ours increasing rapidly. Count de Estaing has received a large reinforcement of ships & land forces..." with more, and then an item mentioning Benedict Arnold.
More content on the back page as well.
Four pages, never-trimmed margins, in terrific condition.

Category: American