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Simmons, Peleg (fl. 1776) [Orderly book of Peleg Simmons]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.003 Author/Creator: Simmons, Peleg (fl. 1776) Place Written: Newport, Rhode Island Type: Autograph manuscript Date: 5 January 1776 - 24 August 1776 Pagination: 115 p. ; 22 x 14 cm.

Summary of Content: Daily orders for troops at Middletown and Newport, Rhode Island. Reports on soldiers' and officers' duties, troop movements, court martials, provisions, uniforms, armaments, soldiers' appearance, and general announcements to the troops at camp. Includes orders on preparing arms and establishing regimental colors. Assigns captains for each day. On 17 April 1766, mentions Commander Henry Babcock's arrest and removal from office due to insanity. 20 July 1776 describes a celebration of the Declaration of Independence, noting parade and canon fire. Briefly mentions smallpox in an entry for 31 July 1776.

People: Simmons, Peleg
Babcock, Henry, 1736-1800

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Orderly BookRevolutionary WarMilitary CampMilitary HistoryMilitary LawMilitary ProvisionsMilitary SuppliesMilitary UniformsWeaponryMental HealthDeclaration of IndependenceFourth of JulyHolidays and CelebrationsHealth and MedicalSmallpoxDiseaseDiet and nutrition

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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