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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Book of Accounts - Regiment of Artillery Commanded by Colo. Henry Knox 1776

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.08393 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript document Date: 1776 Pagination: 33 p. ; 21 x 16.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Account book is written in two hands, one unknown, and the other Samuel Shaw. Relates to officers serving under Knox in the artillery in 1776. Each entry is accompanied by Shaw's notes as to whether the account was settled, adjusted, etc. Many of Shaw's notes indicate, "settled" or "adjusted in account current with Chs. Knowles." Entries relate to officers such as Thomas Foster, Edward Burbeck, Eliphelet Newell, William Perkins, Jotham Drury, Henry Burbeck, Ebenezer Stevens, Stephen Badlam, David Mason, John Crane, William Dana, etc. It is reported on the cover that all expenses in the account book are in New England money. It appears that several thousand pounds was spent by the regiment. Specific charges are not usually listed; the exception is that various entries are included for the purchase of cloth and clothing.

Background Information: Knowles was a paymaster during the Revolutionary War.

People: Shaw, Samuel, 1754-1794
Knowles, Charles, d. 1796

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Military HistoryFinanceArtillerySoldier's PayMilitary UniformsClothing and AccessoriesTextileMilitary SuppliesContinental ArmyRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War General

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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