Revolutionary War Recipes For Gunpowder
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Revolutionary War Recipes For Gunpowder:
Revolutionary Recipes for Gunpowder
A rare and fascinating collection of Revolutionary War period documents concerning the manufacture and distribution of gunpowder for the American cause. The documents include several recipes for the all-important substance, as well as instructions for making saltpeter, a key component. The highlights include a rare manuscript recipe for powder sent to a man in New Milford, Connecticut, and two formulas published in The Essex Journal and New Hampshire Packet. Other documents detail the procurement from domestic producers, who were critical in the early days of the war to keeping the Continental Army and militiamen supplied with black powder.
REVOLUTIONARY WAR. Archive. Five documents related to gunpowder manufacturing. [Connecticut and Massachusetts]. 1775 – 1787.
Manuscript Document, to Mr. Davis Marsh. “To make Gun powder,” [no place, no date], 1p. 7½ x 11½ in.
Two recipes from The Essex Journal and New-Hampshire Packet, Newburyport, Mass., December 15, 1775, with a nearly full-page article with instructions for making saltpeter, and January 19, 1776, with detailed instructions by Henry Wisner for the production of powder. Each 4 pp., 10 x 15 in.
Manuscript Document Signed, by the Select Men of Milford, Connecticut. January 15, 1777. 1 p., 8 x 10 in. For 618 pounds of saltpeter.
Manuscript Document Signed, a receipt from Enoch Huse to Nathaniel Cushing for “1 Qr Cask Gunpowder.” Boston, Mass., December 22, 1787. 1 p., 6 x 2 ½ in.
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