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    Following the 1776 success at Boston, George Washington's army gets supplies

    [Second Continental Congress] A Resolution Concerning Supplies, with Notes on Battle Losses and Commanding Officers. Four integral pages with text on page one and page four, 7.5" x 9.25", n.d. [ca. March 1776], n.p. [likely Philadelphia], regarding the congress' management of the Continental Army following the Boston Campaign of 1775 and 1776. At the top of page one is a resolution by the Second Continental Congress for basic supplies for the army. In part as written: "Resolved by this Assembly that there be provided Marque or Officers tents. Tents for private soldiers. Iron pots that will contain from eight to twelve gallons. Wooden Bowls. Frying Pans Quart [?]. Drums Fifes medicine Chests & Apparatus with proper Instruments Books & Paper . . . as was provided for the Troops ordered to be raised by this Assembly in April last [1775]."

    At the top of the page four are two lists. One list contains a count of British casualties during the Boston Campaign:

    Battle of Boston
    709 privates killed
    102 Sergts. D.
    94 Com Officers
    905
    600 wounded
    1505


    The other list records the top fifteen commanders in the Continental Army with their rank and home states: George Washington, Artemas Ward, Charles Lee, Phillip Schuyler, Israel Putnam, Seth Pomeroy, Richard Montgomery, David Wooster, William Heath, Joseph Spencer, John Thomas, John Sullivan, Nathaniel Green, and Horatio Gates.

    The Boston Campaign lasted from April 1775 through March 1776 and began with the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Later, George Washington was assigned commander in chief and tasked with ridding Boston of the British Army. After American losses of near 600 and British losses near 1,500, the British withdrew in mid-March 1776, a great victory for Washington and his ragtag army over the well-disciplined British.

    The Second Continental Congress, which presided from Philadelphia, was the only uniting government of the American colonies from 1775 though 1781. The congress had the authority to appoint diplomats, make treaties, and guide the American war effort. They eventually proclaimed independence from England in July 1776. This fascinating piece of early Revolutionary War military history is age-toned with three horizontal folds, with minor separations and chipping thereat. Small tear through text affecting several words but without loss of paper. The last horizontal fold allows for display of text on the last page. Minor mounting remnants exist. All text is boldly and clearly written; near very good.


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