Benjamin Lincoln collection

Benjamin Lincoln collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810
Title: Benjamin Lincoln collection
Dates: 1780-1795
Quantity: 0.2 Linear feet (1 document box)
Abstract:The collection consists of a notebook and orderbook. The notebook contains essays written by Benjamin Lincoln from 1780-1795. The notebook is not in Lincoln's handwriting, but in that of a secretary or secretaries. The essays include "State of matters relative to the defense and loss of Charlestown; Rise, progress and suppression of the Massachusetts Rebellion [Shay's Rebellion]; Causes of the failure of the mission to the hostile Indians; Invalidity of the claims of the Indians to the grounds on which they hunt; Observations on the climate & c. of the Eastern Counties [Maine]; On the Religious state of the Eastern Counties [Maine]; On the Migration of Fishes; Observations founded on a letter to Judge Lowell on the idea that worms in the vegetables and animal bodies were the consequences and not the cause of corruption; and Why the Indian tribes decrease & c." The order book, Vol. 2, is by General Benjamin Lincoln, while he was chief commander of the Southern Department, from January 3, 1779 - March 30, 1780. The orders deal mainly with general military administration and discipline of troops. Of particular interest are orders pertaining to marches or sieges at Augusta (Ga.), Savannah (Ga.), and Charleston (S.C.). The order book contains no entries between June 28 - September 13, 1779 and December 16-21, 1779.
Coll. Number: ms787

Biographical/Historical Note

Benjamin Lincoln (1733-1810), Revolutionary War General, born in Hingham, Massachusetts.

Index Terms

Charleston (S.C.)--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Fishes--Migration--United States.
Indians of North America--Government relations--To 1789.
Maine--Description and travel.
Religious life.
Shays' Rebellion, 1786-1787.
Worms as carriers of disease.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Benjamin Lincoln collection. MS 787. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related collections in this repository: Benjamin Lincoln order book.

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