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Generals George Washington and Horatio Gates plan troop movements due to smallpox infection in 1777

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Title

Generals George Washington and Horatio Gates plan troop movements due to smallpox infection in 1777

Subject

Physicians--United States--Revolution, 1775-1783
Smallpox
Soldiers--Communicable diseases--Revolution, 1775-1783
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783
Washington, George, 1732-1799

Description

During the Revolutionary War, Continental Army Major General Horatio Gates writes to General Washington from Philadelphia to discuss the prevention of spreading smallpox on January 31, 1777. General Gates had consulted with Doctor William Shippen, Jr., famed Philadelphia physician and a Director General of Hospitals of the Continental Army, as well as co-founder of the first medical school in the colonies and of the founders of the The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Creator

Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806

Publisher

Digitized by the rights holder

Date

January 31, 1777

Language

English

Type

Correspondence

Identifier

gates_letter

Extent

1 page

Spatial Coverage

Philadelphia, Pa.

Temporal Coverage

Eighteenth century

Provenance

Early American Auctions, Profiles in History and Parke-Benet Galleries

Rights Holder

Anonymous. Name available upon request.

Citation

Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806, “Generals George Washington and Horatio Gates plan troop movements due to smallpox infection in 1777,” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed September 17, 2021, https://www.cppdigitallibrary.org/items/show/8133.