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(AMERICAN REVOLUTION--1776.) Muster roll for Capt. Abner How's company in the Continental Army. One manuscript page, 12 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches; wear and repairs at folds, edge wear not affecting text. [Harlem Heights, NY?], circa late September 1776?
Captain Abner How (1736-1776) of Brookfield, MA served as an ensign with a Minutemen company. He then joined the Continental Army, as captain of the 7th company in the 4th Massachusetts Regiment. He died on 30 December 1776, 4 days after the regiment fought at the Battle of Trenton. This list of 55 soldiers appears to date from late September 1776, while Washington's army slowly retreated north from Manhattan into Westchester County, NY. Samuel Hinkley, who joined the company on 24 September, is added at the end in a different ink. Samuel Wood, who joined on 3 October, does not appear. See the company's detailed payroll list in Wright's "Soldiers of Oakham," pages 274-5.
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