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    War of 1812: Dragoons Archive with Orderly Book, Surgeon's Contract, Monthly Return, and Pay Voucher. The orderly book is dated between August 1812 and July 1813 and contains fifty-four text-filled pages (approximately one-third of the book) of fair copies of orders and letters. The first entries were made at "Head Quarters Green Bush [New York]" on the Hudson River. Throughout the book, entries were made from other locations in New York, including Albany, Sackets Harbor (on Lake Ontario), Utica, "Camp at Geneva," Niagara, and Fort George (Southern Ontario). Many of the general orders were issued by the command of Major General Henry Dearborn, commander of the greater-New York region. The varied orders include those regarding proper training of the soldiers; requirements of women ("women of the 2nd Regiment of U.S. Dragoons who draw rations must wash for the men"); sutlers activities; the suppression of "plundering the inhabitants of their property"; and much more. The entries were made by several lieutenants, captains, colonels, majors, and adjutant generals. This orderly book offers a fascinating view of the army's life as it traveled throughout New York during the early years of the War of 1812. Marbled boards (8.5" x 13.75"), well used. The spine has begun to separate.

    The surgeon's contract is dated May 20, 1812, stating that "John Dodge Junr. of the City of Schenectady . . . Physician & Surgeon . . . will carefully examine every man before his is enlisted in the service of the United States." Two pages with three signatures. 8" x 12.75". Toned with folds, two small seals, and other seal remnants. The monthly return "Of a Company Light Dragoons Commanded by Capt. James Holland for the month of January 1813 at Greenbush, N.Y." Measuring 18" x 12.75" with folds. The pay voucher is dated April 1813 for $8 for "enlisting into the army of the United States for five years."


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