Revolutionary War References
From a Diary of a Common Soldier in the American Revolution 1775 to 1787. Annotated Edition of the Military Journal of Jeremiah Greenman. Edited by C. Bray and Paul E Bushnell. Northern Illinois University Press, De KaIb, Illinois, 1978. (H. 973.3).
April 1777 in Providence
W 23. this morn from ye Iron works came to ringwood ware we mad a small halt then came to wanacke ware we dined / then to pumton / very good going / lodged in pequamet in a barn / thick weather and cold for this time of year and so forth / two dollars.
T 24. this morn from pequanet / very cold and raining weather. / cam to bonetown ware we made a small halt / then came to morristown / the town being fool [full] of troops we went about 3 milds out of town...
June to July 1777 on a March
T 3. this morn from morristown came to Cituate ware we eat breakfast / then proceeded on as far as pumton ware we put up / had orders to be in readyness for to march in ye morn at 2 oClock.
F. 4. this morn very early marcht from pumton. / marcht far as a yapor [?] ware we halted a little while. / then came to the Clove or Quantrom ware we pitched our tent / draw'd sum provision and cooked it / then struck our tents jist at night. / came as far as Kearkreart ware we put up being fatiagued very bad / 2 men draped dead with heat wen marching...
T 2. this morning came to the Clove where we made a halt, then come to Pumton where we halted.
F 3. this morning from pumton came to pequamet where we made a halt to execute but he made his Escape from the Guard, from hear set ouy / Came to Morristown where we drawed Provision...
October 1781 G. End
T 25. this Morning all the Officers belonging to the Northward hired three Waggons to transport our Selvs and bagage to the North River, - took leave of our fellow prisoners, and proceded to Newark, to Cob. Wards (a late prisoner) where breakfasted. from where proceeded to Cranistown twelve Miles from Elisebeth Town, here made a Small Halt to refresh Our Selvs and horses -then pushed on 24 miles to Pumton where put up at Mr. Deboes.
F 26. this Morning raining and Stormy, from Pumton came to New Entrum 12 miles from Pumton where made a halt on account of the Storm, and hear the Most Glorious News. Confirmed of Conwallleses being taken by our Illustris Commander in Chief and the French army-...
June, 1782 On a March
W 5. This morning the Genl. beat at 5, oClock / at half after 5 the assembly when the March commenced from the right / Came as far as Troy where made a small halt and breakfast'd / then counter marched and came to Pequaneck whare halted 'till half after 4 when came 2 Miles and incamped / had a very Severe Squall of rain and wind.
T 6. This Morning drawed Provision from the New York Lines Contractor then proceeded on our March to Pumpton Plains where made a small halt / very warm, a Number of Men fainted and fell in rear that could not keep up. Come to Pumpton whare continued. 4 hours. then proceeded on our March to the Ponds Meatinghoi[u]se, whare incamped - myself having Command of the rear Guard plased out a Sergt. with a Guard. as it was thought Dangerous at this place...
From The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources 1745-Prepared under the direction of the United States George Washington Bicentennial Commission and published by authority of Congress. John C. Fitzpatrick, Editor. Volume 8 May 1, 1777-July 31, 1777. United States Government Printing Office, Washington.
To the President of Congress
Vanaulens, 8 Miles from Pumpton Plains.
July 14, 1777
Sir: I am arrived here this afternoon with the Army. after a very fatiguing March. owning to the Roads which which have becom extremely deep and miry from the late Rains. I intend to proceed in the Morning towards the North River, if the Weather permits; At present it is cloudy and heavy and there is an Appearance of more Rain.
By the Express, who will deliver this, I just now reced. a Letter rom Genl. Schuyler. advising for the first time, that General St. Clair is not in the Hands of the Enemy. As the Express has a large Packet for Congress from General Schuyler, I presume they will be informed of all the Intelligence he was possessed of respecting our Affairs in his department, and therefore I shall not trouble them with a Copy of his Letter to myself upon the Subject. I should be happy if they had a more agreeable aspect than they seem to have. I am and ca. 84 [ 84 In the writing of Robert Hanson Harrison.]