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Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) [Army rations issued to prisoners]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02006 Author/Creator: Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Document signed Date: circa 16 March 1783 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 24.4 x 18.5 cm.

Partially printed document detailing number or rations given to members of the [engineering] department from 9 March - 16 March. All in all, 18 persons from the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Connecticut Regiments and the 3rd Regiment of Artillery, along with 1 independent mason were given 216 rations. Note on verso signed by a Jacob Gillet.

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