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Unknown [Account information between Henry Knox and Captain Edward Burbeck]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.10436 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript document Date: 1776 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 15.9 x 39.2 cm.

Lists transactions between Henry Knox and Edward Burbeck by date from 28 December 1773 to 15 March 1776. Includes amounts for the pay of Burbeck's men, "Blankett Money," and various unnamed articles.

Edward Burbeck (1740-1783) was born in Boston, became a carver by trade, and served as captain of a company in the Gridley Knox regiment from May 1775 to the close 1776. Suspected to be a member of the Boston Tea Party, he had a price put on his head. Burbeck and his family were living in Boston at the time of the Battle of Bunker Hill. While Boston was in possession of British forces under General Howe, Burbeck made cartridges for his father, who was manufacturing ammunition for Washington's army. He did so in the night with the blinds closed, so as not to be observed by the British, and secretly managed, by the milkmen and others, to convey them to his father. His wife, Jane {neé Milk) appears on the rolls of the DAR as a patriot, as she carried ammunition to the American army in a milk can. When British sentries got an inkling of what Burbeck was doing, his friends spirited him away with his wife and children over the Charles River in the night. [Adapted from "The Burbeck Genealogy" by Allan Beal Burbeck.]

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