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    Revolutionary War: Clothing Inventory for the 9th Massachusetts Regiment. Two pages, 8" x 13.25", 1780, n.p. Each side of the document contains the names of American Revolutionary War soldiers (seventy-three in all) with columns for various articles of clothing issued to each soldier. At least one soldier listed was black (Prince Brown); others (like James Knox) might have been.

    One side of the document lists Captain Samuel Carr's company. At the top is written, "Account of Cloathing delivered to Capt S. Carr's Compy. in the 9th Massa. Regiment Commanded by James Wesson, Esq. for the year 1780." Forty-six names are then listed, beginning with company officers, drummers, and fifers. The other side lists Captain William Watson's company (twenty-seven names). At the top is written, "Account of Cloathing delivered to Captn. William Watson's Company of Light Infantry in the Ninth Massa. Regt. Commanded by James Wesson Esq. in 1780." In columns next to the names on both sides of the document are the numbers of specific articles of clothing owned by each. The columns are headed "Coats", "Vests", "Breeches", "Woolen Overalls", "Linen Overalls", "Shirts", "Huntg Shirts", "Hose", "Shoes", "Hats", and "Blankets". The final column contains the total number of articles of clothing issued to each soldier.

    The 9th Massachusetts Regiment, created in November 1776, disbanded in January 1783 and was led by Colonel James Wesson for its first five years. At the time this inventory was taken, the regiment consisted of nine companies. The soldiers from these two companies had participated in the Siege of Fort Stanwix (1777), the Battle of Saratoga (1777), and Valley Forge (1777-1778). This inventory is age toned with no folds; near fine.


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