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    [Fortifying Fort Ticonderoga]. Jeduthan Baldwin Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 8" x 8"; Ticonderoga, October 26, 1776. Following his appointment as an assistant engineer, Baldwin was sent to New York City to aid in laying out that city's defenses. While there he was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the Continental army and in expectation of a British invasion from Canada he was ordered to the Canadian border. Stationed at Fort Ticonderoga his army's resolve remained strong as he surveyed the region for the construction of a new fort as per his journal which was published in the book, The Revolutionary Journal of Col. Jeduthan Baldwin 1775-1778.

    In a letter to his daughter he writes, in part: "By a letter I have lately Recd. I suppose you may receive this at Concord. I hope you are well...let your conduct be sober & steady. How long it will be before I shall leave the army, is at present uncertain, as we are expecting every hour to be attacked by our enemies. We are now ready to have them come if they please. Our men are determined to fight, yes & beat 100 when this battle is over, if my life is spaired [sic]. I purpose to come home. This is too cold a country to winter in with your Mama. If I should continue in the service I hope to have liberty to be at home to see you for a few weeks with your Mama. I am finely recovered from my late sickness which is a peculiar favor at this time...your affectionate Dadda, Jedu'n. Baldwin."

    Condition: Age toned, with a few dark spots occurring at top margin. Separations occurring along the folds have been repaired with archival tissue on verso. A small strip of paper loss (1" x 3.5") occurs along left margin, not affecting any text; with a second bit of paper loss occurring at the center horizontal fold. Pin holes at top margin and a few stray ink spots. Bottom of letter has been trimmed, and only part of the address panel remains.


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    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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