Lot 28: Archibald Lochry ALS and DS
12th July 2017
American military officer (1733–1781) whose command ended in disaster when he and nearly every member of his force were killed or captured by Mohawk forces in what is infamously remembered as 'Lochry's Defeat.' Revolutionary War–dated ALS signed “Ad: Lochry,” one page, 8 x 13.25, June 27, 1777. Letter to "Brigadear genneral Hand," in part (spelling and grammar retained): "Agreeable to your orders I sent orders to the third and forth betalion for the complyment of men you will please to order 26 men to reinforce the garrison at Kittanany and 30 to be stationed on the frontiers. But can't get any from them betalion but an ensign and five privats. I maid…for the complyment of men wanting from the first and second betalion and there I but attended at the place of rendesvous which I then sent to your Honnour to receive their enstructions from you under the command of capt. Hugh Mastain the remainder of the men I will have raised as soon as possible and have them sent out to stations on the front as agreeable to your orders. I have rec't the ditamry for the officers of the of this county from the executive council of this command welth and will fine every militia man that has been ordered out on these commands and has not attended as soon the majestreets can be qualifyd. I have suspended Capt. Hopkins from doing daughty and will have him inj'd by court martial for his bad conduct for denying his orders to go to Kittanany and dismissing his party." Also includes manuscript DS signed "Ad: Lochry," one page, 8 x 3, March 27, 1777, in full: "Received of the Supreme Executive Council of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania twenty seven Riffles and two smooth bore guns, with accouterments for thirteen of them, for the use of the Militia of Westmoreland County and for which I promise to account to this State." In very good to fine condition, with two tiny holes and scattered staining to the letter.
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