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Letter from Jemima Taylor to Her Mother, Peekskill, September 30, 1777
Letter from Jemima Taylor to her mother
My der mother thes come to let you know we are all as wall as common but my self and i am better then i was last weak. Samuel is wall and marchs for to joyn Generel Washenton today. He desier me to let you all know whare he was agone. Der mother I wrot the first of this letter last spring and mist sending it and now i have not time to writ but a few lins hoping thay will find you all wall and my poor gustes i long to see him. I want to send him a book but i cant git nothing her now the machent [merchants] are all gon. i send this letter by Docter Standly and i hope you will write to me by him. Know more at presen but i remain your
Dafter[Daughter] Jemima Taylor
Peekskill, NY, Revolutionary War history through 1778: Washington situated the headquarters at Birdsall house on Main Street, Peekskill. The area was a superb hilly defensive location with views of the bay. Also, the surrounding industries were used for military purposes. “Fort Hill” in Peekskill had five large barracks and two redoubts. The river fortifications were garrisoned soldiers from Camp Peekskill, and from the forts Independence, Montgomery, Clinton and Lafayette.
A raid resulted in a destructive day as all barracks were burned along with mills, supplies and houses. The British were held off due to a successful counterattack. Peekskill was proven vulnerable to attack and West Point became the military command center in 1778. Numerous conspiracy events regarding the Benedict Arnold conspiracy were said to take place in Peekskill, 1780.