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.
British officer, hung as a spy for his involvement in Benedict Arnold’s treason.
French playwright, spy, arms dealer, revolutionary; 1732—99.
British playwright, politician; general who lost the Battles of Saratoga; 1722—92.
Playwright, historian, sister of James Otis, Jr, wife of James Warren; 1728—1814.
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