Wednesday, May 17, 2017

General Henry Knox Visits Lebanon, Connecticut, January 11, 1781.




General Henry Knox 
Visits Lebanon, Connecticut 
January 11, 1781 



General Henry Knox. Engraving of a portrait by Alonzo Chappel. [1]


We know that General Henry Knox visited Lebanon, Connecticut in January of 1781, and we know that he met with the Duke de Lauzun, and Governor Jonathan Trumbull there. 

In General Henry Knox's letter to the Count de Rochambeau dated, "Lebanon 11 Jany 1781."[2] He refers to his meeting with the Duke de Lauzun,

"I proposed to myself when I should arrive at Providence to either repair in person to Newport, or by letter inform your Excellency of a very disagreeable event which has happened in the American Army in New Jersey. But his Grace the Duke De Lazun thinks it will be best that I should write at this place, and he will forward it by the conveyance of his military posts."[3] 

And in General Henry Knox's letter to General George Washington dated, "New Windsor 7 Feby 1781"[4] he refers to his meeting with the Duke de Lauzun, "At Lebanon, I saw his Grace, the Duke de Lazun, who pressed me to write an account of the revolt of the Pennsylvania line to General Count de Rochambeau."[5] and his meeting with Governor Jonathan Trumbull while he was at Lebanon on January 11, 1781, 

"Governor Trumbull fully coincided in sentiment with me in respect to the gratuity of the three half johannes, in preference to any pay in paper money, as a matter that would be more effecacious to quiet the minds of the troops and render them happy in this exigence; . . ."[6] 

This meeting between General Henry Knox and Governor Jonathan Trumbull on January 11, 1781, is discussed at a meeting of the Governor and Council of Safety on January 12, 1781, "Letter from Gen. Washington received yesterday by B. Gen. Knox, informing of the revolt of the Pennsylvania Line of the army &c. communicated, and large conversation on the affair occasioning the same &c. &c."[7] 

This meeting Governor Trumbull told General Knox he would convene the next day, as Knox writes, "for which purpose he proposed to call them together the next day after I had the honor of conversing with him, which was on the 11th ult."[8] 






1. The American Revolution, A Picture Sourcebook, John Grafton, Dover Publications, Inc., New York, 1975, page 121.  
2. The Papers of George Washington, To George Washington from Henry Knox, 7 February 1781, Enclosure: To Rochambeau from Henry Knox, 11 January 1781, Founders Online, National Historical Publications & Records Commission, National Archives.
3. Ibid.
4. The Papers of George Washington, To George Washington from Henry Knox, 7 February 1781, Founders Online, National Historical Publications & Records Commission, National Archives.
5. Ibid.
6. Ibid.
7. The Public Records of the State of Connecticut, from May, 1780, to October, 1781, inclusive, with the Journal of the Council of Safety from May 15, 1780 to December 27, 1781, inclusive, and an Appendix, compiled by Charles J. Hoadly, LL.D., State Librarian, Hartford, 1922, pages 289-290.
8. The Papers of George Washington, To George Washington from Henry Knox, 7 February 1781, Founders Online, National Historical Publications & Records Commission, National Archives.




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