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    [Battle of Rhode Island] John Sullivan Document Signed and Signature. Two pages, front and verso, 8" x 13", February 19, 1779, Providence [Rhode Island]. Also, a 4.75" x 8" sheet signed "John Sullivan's". The document is a request for payment of "five hundred and eighty three Pounds, Seventeen Shillings and two pence" for rations for "Col. James Livingston's Regiment". The payment covers the rations for the period from July 23, 1778 to October 31. 1778, that includes the August 29, 1778, Battle of Rhode Island (also known as the Battle of Quaker Hill). Colonel Livingston's regiment, the 1st Canadian Regiment, recruited in Quebec for the invasion of Canada along with other units of the Continental Army, attempted to recapture the island of Rhode Island (now known as Aquidneck Island), from British forces. The battle ended inconclusively, but the Continental Army had to give up its goal of capturing the island and securing Narragansett Bay for American and French ship traffic. Modest toning and soiling, with folds, else near fine.

    John Sullivan, an American major-general in the Revolutionary War and a delegate in the Continental Congress. He served as president of New Hampshire. His military record is mixed with the failed invasion of Canada, the Battle of Trenton, and the Battle of Long Island. He led a failed attempt to retake Staten Island, followed by American losses at Brandywine and Germantown. In early 1778 he was transferred to the unimportant post of Rhode Island where he commanded the unsuccessful Battle of Rhode Island in August 1778. In the summer of 1779, Sullivan led the Sullivan Expedition, a massive campaign against the Iroquois in western New York. Sullivan retired from the Army in 1779 and returned to New Hampshire.


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