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.
PA — 11 September 1777.
SC — 8 September 1781.
New York, NY — 16 November 1776.
PA — 4 October 1777.
Greensboro, NC — 15 March 1781.
New York, NY — 16 September 1776.
NY — 27 August 1776.
NJ — 28 June 1778.
NJ — 26 December 1776 (Second Battle of Trenton, 2 January 1777).
Portsmouth, RI — The earthwork redoubt is still discernible, it was a key position during the Battle of Rhode Island (1778), and provides a panoramic view of Mt. Hope Bay.
Patriot Battles: How the War of Independence Was Fought (2007)