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    [General Burgoyne Surrenders]. Jeduthan Baldwin Autograph Letter Signed. One page with blank integral leaf, 6.25" x 7.75", Camp Bemis Heights, October 6, 1777. A letter to his daughter concerning the high tensions between American and British forces (and enthusiastic Yankee hopes) days before Burgoyne is forced to surrender after British General Clinton fails to relive him. In part: "...it ever gives me pleasure to hear from you & I hope if it be the will of God to see you soon after another successful battle, which in all probability will be in a short time. I have this day been viewing the Enemy in there [sic] camp & works, which are strong. They did not like our too nigh approach. They sent a few shot to keep us at a proper distance. They have a large army & in all probability many lives must be lost. May everyone be prepared for there [sic] fate. My kind love to you and all the family...your affectionate Paret. Jedun. Baldwin."

    Condition: Age toned, with a dew light stains and stray foxing. A part of the integral page remains. A few small separations at integral fold.


    More Information:

    Jeduthan Baldwin (1732-1788) was born in Woburn, Massachusetts and later settled in Brookfield. During the French-Indian War, in 1755, he led a company of men on the expeditions to Crown Point and Fort Ticonderoga. A true patriot, he served on a committee denouncing the King's taxation on tea in 1773; and in 1774 was a delegate of the provisional congress meeting at Concord and Cambridge. In June 1775, he helped throw up defenses on Bunker Hill and served in the battle; possibly witnessing the mortal wounding of his brother. He became a lieutenant colonel in the Massachusetts militia and was ordered to Canada in April 1776 as assistant engineer, thereafter, he was appointed colonel of engineers in the Continental Army. In this role he surveyed the lower Lake Champlain region near Fort Ticonderoga in hopes of building new fortifications.

     

    In 1777, he was given command of the newly created corps of artificers under General St. Clair's command. He was present at the battle of Saratoga and witnessed the surrender of Gen. Burgoyne's army. While in the army he associated with many of the army's notables including Israel Putnam, George Washington, Kosciuszko and Horatio Gates. He kept a journal of his military service in the French-Indian War and during the American Revolution. That journal was published in 1906 in the book entitled, The Revolutionary Journal of Col. Jeduthan Baldwin, 1775-1778, by Charles Glass & Co., Bangor, Maine. In the beginning of the twentieth century, his relatives petitioned the government to name a fort after their famous ancestor. As a result, Fort Baldwin in coastal Maine was named in his honor. Lots XXXXX through XXXXX in this auction are letters home with first-hand accounts of the War.



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