Guide to the Captain Thomas Patterson’s Second Company, Third New Jersey Continental Regiment Account Book 1776-1778 MG 216
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Inventory prepared by James Lewis, May 2001, as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. February 2006. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.
The Third New Jersey Continental Regiment was authorized on January 10, 1776 and assigned to the New York (later the Middle) Department. The regiment was organized from February 7 until May 18, 1776 at Elizabethtown, New Jersey, and consisted of eight companies, including Thomas Patterson’s Second Company, under the command of Colonel Elias Dayton (1737-1807). The regiment fought in the following campaigns: Lake Champlain, Northern New Jersey, New York (1777), Defense of Philadelphia, Philadelphia-Monmouth, Iroquois (1779), and New Jersey (1780). On February 9, 1779, the regiment was reorganized to consist of nine companies. The Third New Jersey Continental Regiment was disbanded on January 1, 1781 at Pompton, New Jersey.
This account book was kept by Captain Thomas Patterson’s Second Company, Third New Jersey Continental Regiment from February 11, 1776 to May 14, 1778. The account book contains soldiers’ accounts consisting of entries for the date, type of transaction, and cost. The soldiers received cash with which they bought shirts, shoes, liquor, and stockings. There is also an account entitled “Negro (Cuff)” who bought stockings, shoes, a coat, a jacket, breeches and sundries.
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This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 216, Captain Thomas Patterson’s Second Company, Third New Jersey Continental Regiment Account Book, The New Jersey Historical Society.