Aedanus Burke letter
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Aedanus Burke letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Burke, Aedanus, 1743-1802.
Title: Aedanus Burke letter
Dates: 1781
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0108

Biographical/Historical Note

Aedanus Burke (1743-1802) was a South Carolina congressman and jurist who lived in Charleston. After the Revolutionary War, Burke spoke out against the persecution of British loyalists and, as an anti-Federalist, opposed the ratification of the Constitution (for further information, see Meleny, Public Life of Aedanus Burke, Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1989; Edgar, South Carolina: A History, Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1998).

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a typewritten copy of a letter from Aedanus Burke to an unidentified person, dated October 16, 18, and 19, 1781. The letter contains a vivid description of the final assault on Yorktown, Virginia, by French and American forces, and the surrender of the British shortly thereafter.

Index Terms

Burke, Aedanus, 1743-1802.
Letters (correspondence)
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Personal narratives.
Yorktown (Va.)--History--Siege, 1781.

Location of Originals

Original in possession of Dr. Joseph E. Fields in 1965.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Aedanus Burke letter, MS 108, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Thomas H. Gignilliat, 1965.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


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