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Loose manuscript items highlighting the experience of the Americans, the British, and the French during the longer Revolutionary era. Highlights include: correspondence, both official and personal; muster rolls and other troop registers; supply inventories; and military commissions.

One featured item is correspondence relating to William Russell, an American privateer during the Revolution, who was captured by the British and held at Mill Prison in England. After his release, he was captured once more and held on the prison ship Jersey, located in New York Harbor. The correspondence details Russell's time spent at both prisons.

Another highlight of the collection are six autograph letters signed by Captain Jonathan Birge and other men of his unit to Birge's wife, Priscilla. Captain Birge's letters describe company activities and casualities and include requests for equipment. The last letter, written by Birge's compatriots, informs Priscilla Birge of her husband's death.

 
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