"Those Who Knew And Loved Him": The General Henry Knox Family Documents in the Americana Collection
The DAR Americana Collection explores the life of Revolutionary War General Henry Knox through his letters and other documents and images. The online exhibition features a selection of the materials archived in the Americana Room at DAR Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The Society of the Cincinnati was founded by General Henry Knox and other leading Continental Army officers in May 1783. George Washington served as the Society’s first president from 1783 to his death in 1799. Henry Knox served as its first secretary. The Society includes thirteen state societies and a French society as well as its national headquarters located at Anderson House in Washington, DC. It is both the first and the oldest continuing military hereditary society in the United States. Among the original purposes of the organization were to provide fellowship for the officers of the Continental Army, to establish a charity to assist members’ families, and to secure pensions for Revolutionary War veterans.
Certificate of Membership, Society of the Cincinnati of Dr. James Davidson, 1785, signed by George Washington, President and Henry Knox, Secretary
Americana Collection, acc. 1081 (c)
DAR Americana Collection
The Henry Knox papers in the NSDAR Americana Collection consist of 30 letters, one Henry Knox signature clipping, and a multiple-page autobiographical manuscript written by Knox’s daughter Lucy Knox Thatcher. The correspondence includes letters between Knox and his wife Lucy, sister Hannah, brother William and daughters Lucy and Caroline. The materials have been transcribed and are available for research use in the Americana Room by prior appointment. The Historian General’s staff may be contacted by telephone: (202) 879-3256 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.