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    American Revolution: Georgia - Rare Manuscript Document Signed "Thos Davenport Surg." one page, 8.5" x 12, [Savannah], April 7, 1778 , recording the sick members of the Third Georgia Regiment in the Continental Line. One of the greatest obstacles to successful campaigns in Georgia and the Floridas was malaria. This manuscript records those members of the Third Georgia suffering from the disease at the start of the 1778 campaign against St. Augustine. Titled "A Provision Return for the Sick in the Hospital of the third Georgia Battalion 7th April, [1778]," the document lists twelve men as "Very Sick" and fourteen listed as "Recovering," At the bottom, Surgeon Thomas Davenport recommends that "It is my opinion that the 12 Very Sick Draw half Rations And that the 14 Recovering Draw their Rations as Usual". On the verso, the commissary has requested rations that included beef, corn flour, rice, molasses, and salt. At the bottom, Curtis Linn, the "Orderly Man", noted his receipt of the rations. The ensuing campaign against the British in Florida was unsuccessful; the expedition rife with political acrimony that resulted in four individuals leading the army. The inconclusive campaign ended in July. The British would add insult to injury by capturing Savannah in December 1778. Material documenting Georgia soldiers in the American Revolution is quite rare. This document is fragile with chips and some separations beginning at folds. Has a small hole in the middle of the document, though no text has been lost. Even though the bottom portion has been removed, the bold writing stands out making the text very readable. Near good.

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