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Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) Powder at different places contained in the general return from the board of war

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00956 Author/Creator: Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph document Date: 29 May 1781 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 23 x 19 cm.

Lists powder stores at Providence, Rhode Island; Springfield, Massachusetts; West Point, New York; Boston, Massachusetts; and Philadelphia and Lancaster, Pennsylvania among others. Although unsigned, appears to be written in the hand of Samuel Shaw, Henry Knox's aide-de-camp.

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