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Object ID number 2008.02.001
Title Shem Stoughton Revolutionary War Letter
Date 1776
Scope & Content Original letter from Shem Stoughton to his Honoured father from Long Island, New York during the Revolutionary War (In 8.5 X 11 frame).

He reports 9000 Regulars have landed on Long Island. His unit engaged them and drove them back. Mentions Sergeant Wolcott and John Newberry. They stationed near grand fort in Dock street.

The letter is dated "25, 1776". The month 'July' has been added later.

The Battle of Long Island began when the British regulars landed on Long Island on August 28, 1776. By August 29, Washington was forced to abandon Long Island. In view of the actual chronology, it is likely that this letter was actually written on Aug. 25, 1776.

There are two other sets of writing in the margins of the letter. The first seems to say "America's in ?????? July 27 Left the [i]sland 28 1776". The second seems to say "Send(?) over night(???) by John Ten brook 1754"
Collection Stoughton Family
People Elmore, Dan Elliot
Elmore, Lena Stoughton
Newberry, John
Stoughton, Shem
Subjects Connecticut -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
Long Island, Battle of, New York, 1776
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
Search Terms Battle of Long Island, NY
Revolutionary War
Sergeant Wolcott
Sergent Wolcott
Year Range from 1776
Year Range to 1776
Containers 2008.02.001