The American Revolution


The American Revolution


This collection contains letters, commissions, journals, maps and images documenting the American Revolution. Materials are drawn from American, British and French sources. The emphasis of the collection is on the war in Virginia.

Collection Items

Alexander Spotswood letter to Edmund Pendleton, 1775 November 16
Alexander Spotswood writes from Surry County to Edmund Pendleton concerning the dispatch of William Woodford's troops to the defense of Southside Virginia. Spotswood also discusses John Murray, Earl of Dunmore, and loyalist sentiment in Norfolk and…

Thomas Jefferson letter to the Board of Trade, 1780 March 23
Letter of Thomas Jefferson to the Board of Trade instructing them to have their papers and furniture loaded for the transfer of the capital to Richmond.
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