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Title John Wadsworth Letter to Joshua Griswald 1809
Creator Wadsworth, John
Dates of Creation 07/10/1809
Scope & Content Letter from John Wadsworth to Joshua Griswald of Bennington, Vermont. Dated Bellows Island (Beloe's Island), NY, 1809. Wadsworth inquires after his wife and family as well as family and friends in Bennington. He mentions that he is stuck on the island and has had very little news. Also, he is unlikely to get any leave as his commanding officer will soon be leaving the island. A typed transcript of the letter is located in the folder.
Administrative/Biographical History Bedlow's Island is located in New York Harbor. After the Revolution it was one of three islands designated for fortification in order to protect New York Harbor. In 1800 NYS ceded the three islands to the United States Government. An eleven pointed star land battery was erected on the island between 1806 and 1811. This battery was known at Fort Wood after the War of 1812. The name was changed to Bedloe's Island later in the 19th century and eventually was chosen as the site of the Statue of Liberty. It appears that Wadsworth was in the military involved with the building of the fort and/or the defensive forces on the island.
Related People Griswold, Joshua
Wadsworth, John
Catalog Number 2012.9