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Item 2 - George Washington Catalog 477 (Jun 2016)

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Revolutionary War–dated LS signed “G:o Washington,” one page, 7.25 x 11.75, July 2, 1782. Letter to a Quartermaster Nicholas Quackenbush, written from his headquarters at Newburgh. In full: “Colonel Reid has informed me of the ill Constitution of Fort Plain, and of the Magazine at that Place. As it is of the greatest Importance that they should be repaired, I must request you to make every possible Exertion to Supply the necessary materials.” Beautifully double-matted and framed with a plaque and portrait to an overall size of 25 x 23.5. In fine condition. A remarkably well-preserved piece featuring a large, extremely bold signature of Washington as the Continental Army’s commander-in-chief.

Washington had just been informed of the poor state of Fort Plain, an outpost on the south side of Mohawk River, in a letter from George Reid, who wrote: ‘The Commanding Officer at Fort Plain informs me that the Magazine there must inevitably destroy all their Ammunition unless it is Immedietly repair’d, the Qr. Mastr says he has no Material nor anything to purchase them, he has neither Tent nor kettle nor any thing.’ As Fort Plain was the headquarters for patriot troops in the Mohawk Valley, Washington recognized the importance of quickly completing any necessary repairs. Marinus Willett, one of the Revolution’s most prominent military leaders, was the commanding officer of the fort and would soon launch an attack on Fort Ontario; however, his forces retreated to Fort Plain after their element of surprise was lost. As peace loomed a year later, General Washington paid a visit to Fort Plain on July 28, 1783, where he was received by cheering soldiers. Oversized. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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