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A martyr of Bunker Hill, Nathan Blood, confirms receipt of wooden bottles, pots and dishes for the army just days after Lexington Concord
n.p., April 27, 1775. 4 x 2. "Autograph Receipt Signed, ""Nathan Blood Quarter m[aste]r"", on the verso of a Manuscript Document Signed by Commissary General, John Pigeon. Pigeon writes, ""April 25th, 1775 to Comd Davis / deliver to Capt. Reuben Dow six pots & twelve Dishes & Twenty wooden bottles."" Nathan Blood confirms, ""Rec'd the Contents by me / Nathan Blood Quarter m[aste]r"" The receipt is docketed in unknown hand, ""Order from Com:y Genl: & Recd from Nathan Blood 27th April""Nathan Blood died at Bunker Hill only a short time after writing this. The document is tipped to a larger sheet with an image of a Bunker Hill memorial listing Nathan Blood among those who died June 17, 1775. He was in Captain Reuben Dow's Company, William Prescott's Regiment, which suffered heavy losses that day.In February 1775, the second Provincial Congress directed the Committee of Safety to designate one of its members as commissary. John Pigeon was selected later that month and given the title Commissary of Stores. By April, he was identified as Commissary General, the title he used in this document. However, once George Washington arrived to command the New England forces, victualing responsibilities were transferred to Joseph Trumbull, Commissary General of the Continental Army, presumably reverting back to the Commissary General upon Washington's departure (WorldCat, LC: Massachusetts. Commissary General)"
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