Henry Knox (1750–1806) served throughout the Revolutionary War, took part in all notable engagements, and was George Washington’s close friend and advisor. It was Knox who planned and executed the transport of captured British artillery from Fort Ticonderoga in New York to Boston. The mounting of the cannon at Dorchester Heights gave Washington the opportunity to force the British from Boston. Prior to the war Knox worked as an apprentice in a Boston bookstore and opened his own at the age of 21. He married Lucy Flucker, daughter of the Royal Secretary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and the couple had thirteen children, though only three survived to adulthood. After the Revolution, Henry Knox served as the secretary of war.

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