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Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) [Rations for Henry Knox and his family, 1777-1781]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.01299 Author/Creator: Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph document Date: 1781 Pagination: 2 p. : 33.9 x 22 cm.

Summary of Content: In the handwriting of Samuel Shaw, Henry Knox's aide-de-camp. Lists the rations to which Henry Knox and his military "family" are entitled from 1777-1781, broken down yearly. Also mentions Colonel John Crane and General Nathanael Greene and their families.

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Gen Knox is entitled to the following rations for himself and family during the time herein mentioned - Vizr.

1777 Brigadier General - - - 12
Capt Lt Shaw, Brigade ...Major}
pay & rations as Majr. } 4
servants - - - - - - - - - - - 5 21 rations 365 days - - - - - - - - 7665
20 March
to 12 May} Capt Lt. Lillie, and servant - - - - - - - 3 - - - - - - - - 54 - - - - - - - - 162

15 April}
to 22 Sept.} Capt Lt. Treat, and servant - - - - - - - 3 - - - - - - - - 161 - - - - - - - 483

15 April} Le Chevalier Maudiut
to 10 Octr. } Du Plessis, a French Officer,
& 25 Nov. to and Captain of Artillery
10 Jany 1778} annexed to the family
and his servant - - - - - - - - - - - - 4 - - - - - - - - 226 - - - - - - - 904

28 Sept. to} Colonel Crane's and Gen. Knox's
8 Jany 1778} families kept together - during which
period all the provisions drawn between
them was charged to Gen. Knox, for
which Col. Crane made the following
allowance
for himself - - - - - - - - 4
Adjt. Gardner - - - - - - - - 1
servants & waggoners 4 9 - - - - - - - - -102 - - - - - - - 918
10132
Deduct
Retained rations, paid by Col. Trumbull,
when he resigned the Commissary's
department about the 15 August -
Capt Lt. Shaw, Brigade Major - 227
Capt. Lt Lillie - - - - - - - - - 54
Capt Lt. Treat - - - - - - - - - 120
one ration each - - - - - 401
Rations 9731

Memo. Gen. Greene & Gen. Knox, with their families, lived together from the 6 to the 17 January, and [from] the 25 May to about the 5 Sept. - during both which periods provisions were drawn on orders given indiscriminately by the gentlemen of each family, to be charged to the joint account. - - - - -

1778 Brigadier General - - - - - 12
Brigade Major - - - - - 4
Servants - - - - - - - - - 5
Extra assistance of officers
called for at different periods,
during which they lived in the
family, equal to an Aide de
Camp and servant - - - - - 5 26 rations 365 days - - - - - - - - - - 9490
1779 The same as last year - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9490
28,711
Carried over - …
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People: Shaw, Samuel, 1754-1794
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Crane, John, 1744-1805
Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Muster Rolls and ReturnsRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryMilitary ProvisionsDiet and nutritionContinental ArmyArtillery

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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