Quartermaster’s Account Book, ca. 1783
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A very fine content ledger kept by Nicholas Quackenbush. 19 pp. folio, [Albany, ca. 1783].
The ledger concerns settlements with various suppliers and vendors to the Continental Army together with prominent officers. The names include numerous important New Yorkers including Anthony Wayne, Philip Schuyler, Marinus Willet, William Pemberton and Abraham Ten Broeck. In addition numerous prominent family names appear, including Beekman, DeWitt, Van Renselear, Van Schanck, and even Van Buren. All accounts are “To the United States” and include a wide variety of supplies and expenses. Henry Bogart submitted a bill for £25.11.4 which included “105 Pounds of White rope,” “16 Pounds Deck nails,” “2 Soldier Coats by Leonard Van Buren,” and “6 pounds of Tallow” among other things. General Schuyler billed £53 for variety of items including, “Shoeing 17 Horses,” “17 Bushels of lime,” and “Making 4 Candlesticks...” An important record, worthy of further research.
Nicholas Quackenbush (1734-1813) was a member of a powerful Dutch family in the Hudson River Valley. He sided with the Revolutionary cause, serving as Assistant Deputy Quartermaster to the Continental forces in Albany with rank as Major. In this capacity, Quackenbush, situated roughly half way between Albany and Montreal, was one of the most important people in the region, coordinating critical supplies that would ultimately result in the defeat of Burgoyne at Saratoga in 1777 and help secure the Mohawk valley frontier against Loyalist and Indian raids. The letters are primarily from others in the quartermaster corps concerning critical supplies for the campaign of 1777.
Simply bound with string. Margins rough with some chipping to first page, very light toning, last page ragged.