Letter from Francis McLean to Henry Clinton, 1779
Contributed by Maine Historical Society
British Brig. Gen. Francis McLean wrote to General Sir Henry Clinton regarding the attack of the American forces on the British at Castine.
The British had been building Fort George to defend the entrance to the Penobscot River and a loyalist colony there. The fort was unfinished when the Americans attacked. McLean was commander of ground forces at the site.
The Americans retreated and the Penobscot Expedition is considered the worst American naval disaster until Pearl Harbor in 1941.
The letter is a transcribed copy from the Public Records Office and Royal Institution of Great Britain, made for Joseph Williamson, a lawyer and historian from Belfast, Maine, between 1894 and 1902.
- Title: Letter from Francis McLean to Henry Clinton, 1779
- Creator: McLean, Francis
- Creation Date: 1779-08-23
- Subject Date: 1779-08-23
- Local Name: Majabigwaduce
- Town: Castine
- County: Hancock
- State: ME
- Media: Ink on paper
- Local Code: Coll. 112 Box 1/6
- Object Type: Text
For more information about this item, contact:
Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
Cross Reference Searches
LC Subject Headings
McLean, Francis (1717?-1781)--Letters
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Penobscot Expedition--Manuscripts
Newcastle, Henry Fiennes Pelham-Clinton--Duke of--1720-1794--Letters
Maine--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Campaigns--Penobscot Expedition, 1779
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