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.
Governor of Quebec; British commander-in-chief, 1782 - 83; 1724—1808.
Royal Governor of New Jersey, Loyalist, son of Benjamin Franklin; 1731—1813.
British general, Royal Governor of Massachusetts, ordered troops to Concord; 1719/20—87.
Last Royal Governor of Massachusetts; 1711—80.
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