Life History Of Henry Knox
Henry Knox was the Military Officer of the Continental Army of the United States Of America, he was born on July 25, 1750, in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. He was raised in Boston and he operated a bookstore, he was always fond of joining the army as he had an interest in military texts. Later he joined a local artillery company. It was when the American Revolutionary War broke in 1775 he became the chief artillery officer of the Continental Army.
Knox’s Military Career and Achievements
- On April 19, 1775, when the siege broke out in Boston, Knox along with his wife Lucy left his bookstore abandoned and joined the local militia army.
- Later when General George Washington took command of the army in July 1775, he was impressed by the works of Knox related to his knowledge and engineering skills. General George Washington along with Knox and other generals developed the continental army, where soon Knox became the colonel to the artillery regiment of the army. Knox led various important campaigns like the New York and New Jersey campaign and the Philadelphia campaign.
- Knox became the major general of the army in March 1782 he was appointed as the youngest general of his time.
Later the post of the secretary of the war became available when Benjamin Lincoln resigned in 1783, who recommended Knox to follow him, the congress finally appointed Knox as the secretary of war on March 1785. He died on October 25, 1806, due to an infection caused by a chicken bone that he swallowed.
Best Henry Knox Quotations List
“Something is wanting, and something must be done, or we shall be involved in all the horror of failure, and civil war without a prospect of its termination.”
“We have arrived at that point of time in which we are forced to see our own humiliation, as a nation, and that a progression in this line cannot be a productive of happiness, private or public.”
“The frame of mind in the local legislatures seems to be exerted to prevent the federal constitution from having any good effect.”
“Every friend to the liberty of his country is bound to reflect, and step forward to prevent the dreadful consequences which shall result from a government of events.”
“Our political machine, composed of thirteen independent sovereignties, have been perpetually operating against each other and against the federal head ever since the peace.”
“The powers of Congress are totally inadequate to preserve the balance between the respective States, and oblige them to do those things which are essential for their own welfare or for the general good.”
“Men at a distance, who have admired our systems of government unfounded in nature, are apt to accuse the rulers, and say that taxes have been assessed too high and collected too rigidly.”
“That taxes may be the ostensible cause is true, but that they are the true cause is as far remote from truth as light from darkness.”
“Having proceeded to this length, for which they are now ripe, we shall have a formidable rebellion against reason, the principle of all government, and against the very name of liberty.”
“We imagined that the mildness of our government and the wishes of the people were so correspondent that we were not as other nations, requiring brutal force to support the laws.”
“They wish for a general government of unity, as they see that the local legislatures must naturally and necessarily tend to retard the general government.”