Barber, William (fl. 1783-1784) [Army Rations issued to Joseph Manning]
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02146 Author/Creator: Barber, William (fl. 1783-1784) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph document signed Date: 4 June 1783 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 15.2 x 21.3 cm.
Issues six days' worth of provisions for Joseph Manning of the Rhode Island regiment. Countersigned by Samuel Shaw with a note from Manning.
Barber was an Division Inspector from New Jersey.
The 1st Rhode Island Regiment became known as the "Black Regiment" during the Revolutionary War, since for a time it had several companies of African American soldiers. In January 1781, the 1st Rhode Island was consolidated with the 2nd Rhode Island and re-designated the Rhode Island Regiment. In 1783, the remaining soldiers were re-organized into two companies known as the Rhode Island Battalion. The battalion was disbanded 25 December 1783 at Saratoga, New York.
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