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    [Revolutionary War]. General John Stark Letter Signed to General Horatio Gates. Two pages, 7.25" x 9.25", Albany [New York], June 9, 1778, to General Horatio Gates regarding the unnecessary "commissary at Saratoga." "I cannot see the least necessity of it," he writes. "There is no men there but a few Mechanicks & Genl. Schuylers Guard . . . the Mechanicks are Building Batteaus [shallow, flat-bottomed boats], but I think if there is such a Pressing Necessity for Batteaus they might be much Cheaper Built at Coeymans as Transporting Provisions from here to Saratoga Must be much more Expensive than to Transport Timber from there here. there is a Great Number of Staff officers in this City & Little or no Employ. would be glad you would order them to some place where they might have more Business as there is scarce a man Walks the Street but wears a Coccade & the Provisions Issued are Amassing. would be Glad of your opinion on the above Mentioned Matters as soon as possible." Smoothed folds. Moderate foxing scattered throughout.

    One year earlier, John Stark (1728-1822), a colonel in the New Hampshire Militia, served under General George Washington (the militia temporarily attached itself to the Continental Army) during the Battles of Princeton and Trenton. Stark returned to New Hampshire at the behest of Washington to recruit more men. When he arrived he learned that Enoch Poor, a fellow New Hampshire colonel with no combat experience had been made a brigadier general in the Continental Army and he, a veteran of the French and Indian War and several battles in the current conflict, had been passed over. Stark was furious and instantly resigned. Four months later, however, the state offered him a brigadier general's commission in the militia. Stark agreed on one condition - he would not be under the authority of the Continental Army.

    Stark served with distinction for the remainder of the war. For his actions, Stark was promoted to major general by Congress. When he died in 1822, he was the last living general of the Revolution.

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