Purchases and Provisions Chart for the French Army on their 1781 March to Meet General Washington at "Head Quarters". One page, 20" x 15.5", June 25, 1781, n.p. [likely Rhode Island]. The main heading is written across the top: "A Return of Provisions & Stores Purchased for the Army France on their march to Head Quarters". Written along the left margin are the names of the thirty-seven suppliers; across the top (below the main heading) are written fifteen headings of columns with names such as "Wheat Flour", "Loaf Bread", "Corn", "Calves", "Sheep", "Hay", and "Wood". Monetary amount totals are written to the far right and provision totals are written at the bottom of each column. In the columns next to each man's name are written the numbers of provisions provided.

    After a year's inactivity spent at Newport, Rhode Island, the French Army, commanded by Compte de Rochambeau, finally left on June 9, 1781, and marched twenty-five miles to Providence. From there on June 18, they proceeded west to meet George Washington's Continental Army. When the two forces finally combined on July 6, they marched against the Lord Cornwallis' British troops, whom they met and defeated in October at the decisive Battle of Yorktown. Docketing on the verso reads, "Purchases for the Army of France in their march". On toned paper with some separation along folds. Very good.

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