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Early American Orderly Books, 1748-1817

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Introduction: Early American Orderly Books, 1748-1817

This collection of orderly books from the New York Historical Society, the journal-like accounts recorded by clerks in the various military units, provides researchers with a significant source of historical information on the American Colonial Period.

The 201 orderly books in this collection date from the French and Indian Wars to the end of the War of 1812. Also included are a number of rare British orderly books, providing British records of the Revolutionary War along with records from members of the Colonial armies.

Early American Orderly Books, 1748-1817 offers first-hand observations of the moral and psychological conditions of the average soldier, while providing insight into the daily problems confronting the armies.