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.
Boston merchant, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Massachusetts governor; 1737—93.
Merchant, planter, slave trader, president of Continental Congress; 1724—92.
New York merchant, signer of the Declaration of Independence; 1716—78.
Signer of the Declaration of Independence, “Financier of the Revolution”; 1734—1806.
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