The Continental soldier often had to provide his own eating utensils, but on occasion they came as standard issue. Maryland troops, for example, were provided a wooden trencher (plate), and bowl, as well as wooden and pewter spoons. Each man would have his knife, of course; and for quaffing his rum, cider, beer, or whiskey, a horn cup, which was extremely light compared with pewter or ceramic. Officers, as might be expected, had more refined utensils. George Washington’s mess kit, for example, was a very elaborate affair housed in a handsome fourteen-compartment wood chest lined with green wool.
SC — 17 January 1781.
Quebec City, QC, Canada — 31 December 1775.
NY — 19 September; 17 October 1777.
Chesnee, SC — A pasturing area at the time of the battle, the site covers 845 acres and is preserved to its 1781 appearance.
Stillwater, NY — Covering more than 3,500 acres, the park includes the 1777 battlefield, the Saratoga Monument, and the Schuyler House; includes a visitor center.
Patriot Battles: How the War of Independence Was Fought (2007)