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    French and Indian War: 1757 Fort Edward General Orders. Three documents, five pages, Fort Edward, New York, 1757, ink. An impressive group of three documents, two in the hand of Quartermaster Nathaniel Ripley serving under General Lyman at Fort Edward. The first document is a set of general orders for the garrison, issued by General Lyman, commander of Connecticut troops stationed at Fort Edward, and the second records the dispatch of ranger companies into the surrounding forests and neighboring outposts. The third document is most curious, being a partial document on parchment that has been transformed into a small wallet, presumably by Ripley. The interior of the wallet bears the partial text of a commission granted to Colonel Richard Gridley (1710/11-1796). Though the commission document does not note the rank to which he was appointed, it is most likely his 1757 commission as colonel and commander of artillery and chief engineer under the command John Winslow. Gridley supervised the construction of Fort William Henry and would go on to serve in the Continental Army as an engineer, supervising the fortifications on Breed's Hill in June 1775, and later at Dorchester Heights in March 1776.

    The first document was written by Ripley a week before the Montcalm and his army of French and Indians laid siege to Fort William Henry, only fifteen miles to the northward. In an autograph document measuring 7.5" x 12" from Fort Edward July 23, 1757, General Lyman orders preparations be made in case the French and Indians attack the fort: "...Orders the artillery to Send immediately to the fort a field Pi[e]ce which is to be mounted in the north East Bastean [sic] where the flag staf[f] is placed an in Case it Should be found ne[c]ssary to Turn out the Loins a Cannon will be immediately fired from that Bastean and the flag h[o]isted upon which Every one is to turn out at


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