LORD STIRLING'S ATTEMPT ON STATEN ISLAND.
VICKERS, J[OHN]. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Vickers"), 2 pp recto and verso, legal folio, Cranberry, New Jersey, January 17, 1780, to ANDREW CRAIGIE, reporting on the recent action at Staten Island led by Lord Stirling, leaf toned, tape remnants to verso, professionally restored and mounted at edges.
In this letter to Craigie (1754-1819), the first apothecary general of the United States, fellow physician John Vickers gives a nearly instantaneous account of Lord Stirling's ill-fated attack on Staten Island of Jan 15-16, 1780. Stirling's campaign was designed to surprise the British troops in their winter camp; the British were alerted, however, and were well fortified by the time the Americans arrived. In part: "Lord Stirling has just returned from his expedition against Staten Island. He has brought off a few of the inhabitants, some cattle and destroyede a few vessels. It seems he failed in taking the Fort which I believe was his intention from the great quality of snow which surrounded it and hindered his approaches...."