Lot 503: Physician and general in the Continental Army known for his service during the siege of Yorktown (1744–1802); he was appointed Adjutant General to Washington in 1781. Revolutionary War–dated ALS signed "Edwd: Hand A. Gl.," one page both sides, 6.75 x 8.25, September 6, 1782. Letter to Captain Shaw, the aide-de-camp to Major General Henry Knox, written while encamped at Ver Planck's Point with Washington, who had arrived just five days prior. In part: "The report of the Court of enquiry on Lt. Barber I will lay before the Commander in Chief and if he consents, it shall be inserted in Genl. Orders. I wish however to know whether Genl. Knox has accepted & approved the report, as it is not customary to publish in Genl. Orders the proceedings or opinion of any Court that has not been refer'd to the Commander in Chief for his approbation or approbation." In very good condition, with paper loss and chipping to top edge. Accompanied by the original address panel. Hand had been a loyal soldier since the start of the war, and was with Washington as he crossed the Delaware in December of 1776; his regiment was responsible for blocking the road to Princeton in the ensuing Battle of Trenton.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs And Artifacts Auction 469
Wednesday, 10th February 2016
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