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(REVOLUTIONARY WAR MUSTER ROLL)
A Muster Roll For The Massachusetts Soldiers Guarding The British "Troops Of The Convention"; These Were The Prisoners Of War Captured In The Aftermath Of The Battle Of Saratoga And Marched To Boston
(MASSACHUSETTS MUSTER ROLL). DS. 2pg. 15 ½" x 10 ½". January 1778. No place [near Boston]. A "Muster Roll of Capt. Ford Company of Militia, now in Service of the United States for the Purpose of Guarding the Troops of the Convention Commanded by Col. Eleazer Brooks Taken to Jany 1778". The roll of American officers and soldiers lists one captain, three lieutenants, four sergeants, four corporals, two drummers and fifty privates. After the British defeat at Saratoga in the fall of 1777, the British prisoners of war were marched to the Boston area; they were later marched to Richmond, Virginia. It is signed on the back by Captain Ford, Secretary Reed and a Justice of the Peace. Eleazer Brooks (1727-1806) was a farmer and an official in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He served as a colonel in the militia and marched on Dorchester Heights. He was later promoted to brigadier general, and he represented Lincoln at the Massachusetts ratification of the Articles of Confederation in 1778. The document has the usual aging and wear and dark, legible ink. A most unusual Revolutionary War manuscript.
Bookseller: Stuart Lutz Historic Documents, Inc. [United States]
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