JOHN HATHORN'S REVOLUTIONARY LEGACY by S. Gardner: HATHORN'S WRITINGS
THE BATTLE OF MINISINK REPORT - JULY 27, 1779
This official report by Col. Hathorn gives an eyewitness account of the disastrous battle by its commander. The document is owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society as part of the Draper Manuscript Collection.
For a transcript of the handwritten report, click here.
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Newspaper account from the Pennsylvania Evening Post, Aug. 28, 1779
Newspaper account of the Battle of Minisink Monument Committee formation Orange County Patriot Nov. 19. 1821
THE WRITINGS OF JOHN HATHORN
A highly literate and involved public servant, Hathorn corresponded with important figures of his day continuously.
Unfortunately, as local lore tells us, his personal papers were burned "by accident" by family members after his death. This tragic event has not left him totally silent, for missives he sent to others are preserved in many archival collections, and are gradually being discovered.
One of the rare qualities about Hathorn's writing is that he sometimes departed from the formal writing style of the day, so that we get a unique glimpse into his personality and the emotional realities of this time period. Through them we can still hear his voice.