- Harry M. Ward
Knox, Henry (25 July 1750–25 October 1806), revolutionary war general and Secretary of the Department of War, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of William Knox, a shipmaster, and Mary Campbell. Henry Knox attended Boston Public Latin Grammar School until the death of his father in 1762, whereupon he was apprenticed to a bookseller. In 1771 he became the proprietor of the London Book-Store in Boston, and kept a large inventory of military works for his British officer clientele; reading many of the books himself he mastered knowledge of military engineering and artillery. At age eighteen Knox joined the local artillery company, and in 1772 was second in command of the Boston Grenadier Corps. In July 1773 he lost two fingers on his left hand in a hunting accident....