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John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, CWF

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Papers, 1781-1806, of Lieutenant John Graves Simcoe (1752-1806), commander of the Queen’s Rangers an American corps of hussars, or light cavalry loyal to the British crown during the American Revolution. After the war, Simcoe served as lieutenant governor of Upper Canada. The papers include eighteen manuscript maps, many in watercolor, of military actions in Virginia; printed maps similar to those appearing in Simcoe’s book A Journal of the Queen’s Rangers, Exeter, 1787; a map showing the principal streets and buildings of Williamsburg, Va.; a watercolor view of Yorktown, Va. during the siege; copies of letters regarding the Journal and political and military affairs; reminiscences and memorabilia and two watercolors probably made by military personnel under Simcoe’s command. A copy of Simcoe’s Journal, given by him to a friend and later returned to Simcoe’s daughter, is available in Special Collections.

 
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