Sep 28, 2017 - Sale 2455

Sale 2455 - Lot 24

Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
(AMERICAN REVOLUTION--1777.) Provisions account for the militia of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. 7 manuscript pages on 3 folding sheets, headed "An account of provisions bought by Jo Green QMr for the first class of militia of Northumberland County, John Kelly, Coll'r." Folio, stitched; worn at edges, first leaf detached, final leaf worn at folds. [Pennsylvania], 14 September 1777

Additional Details

The first class of Northumberland militia was ordered east to Bristol on the New Jersey border on 14 June 1777, as part of the effort to hold off the British in the Philadelphia campaign. This account of their supplies was compiled by Joseph Green (1720-1802), a member of the county's Committee of Safety who later served as commissary of supplies for the Sullivan expedition in 1779. The list is very detailed, with many dozens of purchases from individual farmers listed, mostly for beef and wheat. A Mr. Baker was paid for "bringin amonition to camp", and costs are also posted for "burying a man drownded." The final charges are for 202 gallons of liquor bought from 15 different purveyors. The 4 November settlement of the account is detailed on the final page.