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Inventory prepared by Michael Roth.
Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. October 2004.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 provisions noted in the document were for the use of the Hunterdon Brigade, 3rd Battalion stationed in Woodbridge, New Jersey. During this time, General George Washington was defeated twice by British forces at the Battle of Long Island and Brooklyn Heights, New York, which devastated his hopes of preventing British possession of New York City and its valuable harbors and ports. Following these defeats and Washington’s ensuing retreat, the New Jersey militia, including the 3rd Battalion of the Hunterdon Brigade, prepared to meet the British invaders if the battle were to enter New Jersey. The group was led by Colonel David Chambers (1730-1795) who would eventually command additional men from Somerset and Sussex counties as well as other Revolutionary units.
This document consists of a list of provisions used by the 3rd Battalion of the Hunterdon Brigade under the command of Colonel David Chambers from August 24, 1776 to September 23, 1776. It lists the daily provisions of items such as beef, bread, rum, salt, candles, and soap given to the battalion as well as a final total of the provisions used during the thirty-one days.
Manuscript Group 256, Joseph Clark Papers 1777-1783. Letter written by Colonel David Chambers.
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1592, New Jersey Militia, Hunterdon Brigade, Provisions Document, The New Jersey Historical Society.
Purchased by the New Jersey Historical Society from John Vierra in October 2002.
The Continental Line, Militia, and State Troops. Retrieved June 24, 2003.