Benjamin Lincoln, Washington Appointee, Accepted British Surrender


Born In Hingham, Massachusetts, Benjamin Lincoln (1733-1810) was a soldier, politician and first secretary of the Provincial Congress (1775). In 1777, as a major general of continental forces, he contributed to the American victory at Saratoga, as George Washington’s second in command and formally accepted the British surrender at Yorktown. Leading Washington’s southern forces, he withdrew his army into Charleston, South Carolina, where he surrendered in May 1779. He was lieutenant governor of Massachusetts (1788) and collector of the port of Boston (1789-1809), appointed by Washington.


Offering his signature, removed from a larger document, with the description “Collector.”


Light toning.


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