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    [Revolutionary War] Continental Army Clothing Supplies: Five Manuscript Documents Signed, 1779-1781. Each one page (three with docketing on verso), various sizes- 5" x 7.5" to 8" x 8.5", various locations, various dates- March 1779 to June 1781, all documenting the process in which these most precious of supplies were procured to supply an army of thousands. Three of the documents concern the town of Tolland, Connecticut and its contribution to the war effort. One, a receipt signed by Colonel William Little and dated "Camp March 17, 1779", acknowledges the receipt "...of the Town of Tolland by Campt I. Hinkley two frock at ten shilling each- nineteen pr woolen Breeches at eighteen shillings each ~ twenty five pr stocking at six shillings pr pair ~ twenty five pr shoes at eight shillings and six pence pr pair - for Connecticut Troops...". Two other documents concern clothing from Bolton, Connecticut, one being a receipt to "Mr. Gideon King" of the "Committee of Cloathing [sic] of Bolton" signed by State Commissary Elijah Hubbard (1745-1808) for £104.8.0 worth of shoes, shirts, overalls, frocks and stockings dated June 11, 1781. An excellent and informative set of material documenting the mechanics of supplying the army. Expected folds, overall fine condition.

    Most historians agree that the key to the American victory was Washington's ability just to maintain an army in the field and keep them supplies. This forced the British to keep their army in America at an astronomical cost. Ultimately the British lost the will (and the financial resources) to continue.

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