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[American Revolution]: [Alden, J.C. or I.C.]
[COLLECTION OF FOURTEEN LEAVES FROM ONE OR MORE ORDERLY BOOKS KEPT DURING THE SEIGE OF BOSTON EARLY IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, WITH CONTENT RELATED TO KNOWLTON'S RAID ON BUNKER HILL AND AN ENLISTMENT REQUEST BY "FREE NEGROES"]
[Roxbury and Cambridge, Ma, 1776. [28]pp. on fourteen leaves. Most leaves chipped with various levels of loss, either to the bottom edge or fore-edge. Heavily tanned, some staining resulting in blurring or obscuring of some text. Good only. Individually stored in archival sleeves in a large black cloth binder. A collection of manuscript leaves taken from one (or possibly more) orderly books during the early stages of the Revolutionary War during the Siege of Boston, and written by aides-de-camp to General Artemus Ward and General George Washington. The orders contained on these leaves cover a variety of issues important to the nascent Continental Army, including discipline, training, supplies, and food, as well as the potential use of free African Americans in military roles. The leaves are dated as follows: December 15- 27, 29-31, 1775; January 1-12, 1776 [and] December 24, 26-28, 1775; January 1-3, 5, 7- 10, 12, 1776. The verso of the final leaf is docketed, "Orderly Book Camp Roxbury 1776 JC Alden" (or "IC Alden").This signature likely refers to either Ichabod Alden or a fellow member of the prominent Massachusetts Alden family, perhaps a John or Joseph C. Alden. Though Alden's docketing indicates at least some portion of the present leaves come from his orderly book, the multiple date ranges and at least two different handwriting styles indicate that some portion of them come from one or two additional orderly books. After the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, which opened the hostilities in the Revolutionary War, Massachusetts and Connecticut mili … [Click Below for Full Description]
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