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.
|Daughters of the American Revolution Museum||Washington||Houses several hundred thousand books, historical documents, manuscripts, and genealogical material.|
|Lafayette Square||Washington||Dedicated to Lafayette in 1824; at each corner is a statue of one foreign generals who served in the war.|
|Library of Congress||Washington||Established in 1800, the collection includes a recreation of Jefferson’s library of 6,487 books, which he donated in 1815. Guided and self-guided tours available.|
|National Archives||Washington||Contains the original of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and more.|
|National Museum of American History||Washington||Houses a large collection of artifacts from the Revolution.|
|National Portrait Gallery||Washington||Contains historical portraits, including works by John Trumbull, Gilbert Stuart, John Singleton Copley, Mather Brown, and others.|
Patriot Battles: How the War of Independence Was Fought (2007)