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Letter from Joseph Bowman to Isaac Hite, 14 June 1779

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Letter from Joseph Bowman to Isaac Hite, 14 June 1779

Description

Bowman's letter to Isaac Hite discusses trade with New Orleans, the abundance of money at Kaskaskia, British and American troops in the northwest, and a message he wrote that was not received because the messenger was killed at the Falls of the Ohio. Bowman gives a detailed description of the retaking of Vincennes in February 1779 by the Americans led by George Rogers Clark. Bowman mentions guns, military stores, and Native-American goods captured by Clark's men, and notes the Virginia Assembly's indifference to the western territory. Bowman died not long after writing this letter from wounds received during the retaking of Vincennes several months earlier.

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The Filson Historical Society Manuscript Collection

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Citation

Bowman, Joseph, “Letter from Joseph Bowman to Isaac Hite, 14 June 1779,” The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects, accessed July 21, 2024, https://filsonhistorical.omeka.net/items/show/5851.

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