Early American Orderly Books, 1748-1817 Reel Listing Maj. Gen. James Wolfe, Canada



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Early American Orderly Books, 1748-1817

Reel Listing


Maj. Gen. James Wolfe, Canada.

February 12, 1748 - December 15, 1755; May 4 - September 12, 1759

Orders of the 20th Regiment of Foot, commanded by Col. George Viscount Sackville, and after Oct. 31, 1749 by George Viscount Borg. Wolfe was a Major and then a Lt. Col. in the regiment. Locations: Sterling, Canterbury. Maj. Gen. Wolfe was in command of the troops at Quebec. Orders continue up to the day before the battle at Quebec. Locations: Halifax, Nova Scotia. 112 pages.

Reel: 1, No. 1
Capt. Horatio Gates, Brigade Major, New York.

August 18 - October 12, 1758

Includes a Return of troops fit for duty at Oneida Station and a Return of artificers daily employed from the troops, Aug. 26, 1758. Location: Oneida Station, New York. 112 pages.

Reel: 1, No. 2
Company of a New York Regiment of Provincials, New York.

April 24 - August 25, 1759

Concerns the Niagara Campaign led by Gen. John Prideaux, and after his death, by Sir William Johnson. Locations: April - Albany, May-June - Oswego, July - Niagara, August - Oswego. Probably kept by Goosen Van Shaick. 106 pages.

Reel: 1, No. 3
Fort Cumberland, Arcadia.

May 9 - August 12, 1759

Joseph Frye was the commanding officer of the garrison. Also includes account books of John Robinson, 1763-1775. Locations: Fort Cumberland, Arcadia. Kept by Elhanah Boyden. 134 pages.

Reel: 1, No. 4
Commissary Wilson.

May 22 - November 3, 1759

Discusses the disposition of provincial and regular British troops. Locations: Albany, Fort Edward, Lake George, Fort Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Lake Champlain, Ligoneer Bay. Writer unknown. 180 pages.

Reel: 1, No. 5
Oliver Spaulding, Third Connecticut Regiment, New York.

May 27, 1759 - June 14, 1759

Locations: Albany, Half-Moon, Still Waters, Salotage, Fort Miller, Fort Edward. Writer unknown. 18 pages.

Reel: 1, No. 5.1
Oliver Spaulding, Third Connecticut Regiment, New York.

May 27, 1759 - June 14, 1759

Locations: Albany, Half-Moon, Still Waters, Salotage, Fort Miller, Fort Edward. Writer unknown. 14 pages. (Typed Copy).

Reel: 1, No. 6
Various Units [Army]: French and Indian Wars.

June 21 - August 19, 1759; May 31 - July 16, 1760; October 11 - November 13, 1764

March of the combined British Regular and Provincial Army, in the campaign at Fort Niagara, under the command of Gen. John Prideaux and Sir William Johnson. Locations: Oneida Lake, Three Rivers, Great Falls, Oswego, Olenoous, Nidenindequeat, Prideaux Bay, Niagara. Kept by John Mackenzie. March of Provincial troops with the 44th Royal Highlanders, under the command of Col. Woodhull, to the New York frontier. Locations: Albany, Schnectady, Fort Ontario, Wallighea, Fry, Conojohary, Fort Stanwix, and Fort Brenington. Kept by John Petzgold. Return march of Col. Bradstreet's forces from Detroit at the close of the Pontiac War. Locations: Sandusky, Grand Bevier, Fort Schlosser, Niagara Falls. 130 pages.

Reel: 1, No. 7
Maj. Horatio Gates, Pennsylvania.

July 16 - September 2, 1759

Covers brigade's march from Carlisle to Pittsburgh, Pa. Writer unknown. 76 pages.

Reel: 1, No. 7.1
Maj. John Durkee, New York.

August 10 - October 10, 1759

Concerns work crews and construction at Crown Point. Locations: Headquarters, Crown Point, N.Y. Probably kept by Joseph Welsh, one of Durkee's soldiers. 111 pages.

Reel: 1, No. 8
French and Indian Wars.

June 4, 1760 - February 6, 1764

Contains a list of Capt. Barron's company, orders at Crown Point, July 27, 1761, orders of march, and methods of defense. Mentions Gen. Amherst. Kept by Maj. Rogers? 17 pages. (Original and typed copy).

Reel: 1, No. 9
Gen. Thomas Gage's Headquarters, Massachusetts. (American).

July 10 - December 9, 1774

General orders of Thomas Gage, Commander in Chief of the American forces. Location: Headquarters, Boston. Writer unknown. 128 pages.

Reel: 1, No. 10
Gen. Thomas Gage's Headquarters, Massachusetts. (American).

July 10 - December 9, 1774

General orders of Thomas Gage, Commander in Chief of the American forces. Location: Headquarters, Boston. Writer unknown. 90 pages. (Typed Copy).

Reel: 1, No. 11
Gen. Thomas Gage's Headquarters, Massachusetts. (American).

July 10 - December 9, 1774

General orders of Thomas Gage, Commander in Chief of the American forces. Location: Headquarters, Boston. Writer unknown. 90 pages. (Typed Carbon Copy).

Reel: 1, No. 12
List of Thomas Knowlton's Company of Ashford, Connecticut Volunteers. (American).

April, 1775

The company marched for Cambridge upon hearing of the battle at Lexington, and enlisted there for seven months. Also includes a list of those members of the company who fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775. Writer unknown. 20 pages.

Reel: 1, No. 13
Gen. George Washington's Headquarters, Massachusetts. (American).

May 13 - October 22, 1775

Pertains to Bunker Hill and the period of the active siege of Boston. "First orderly book of the American Revolution." Locations: Cambridge [No. 4] Bunker Hill, Mass. Writer unknown. 180 pages.

Reel: 1, No. 14
Gen. George Washington's Headquarters, Massachusetts. (American).

May 13 - October 22, 1775

Pertains to Bunker Hill and the period of the active siege of Boston. "First orderly book of the American Revolution." Locations: Cambridge [No. 4] Bunker Hill, Mass. Writer unknown. 180 pages. (Typed Copy).

Reel: 2, No. 15
Sixth Connecticut Regiment of 1775, Connecticut and Massachusetts. (American).

June 5 - September 18, 1775

Regimental orders, and in the latter part of the book, the orders of Gen. Artemas Ward, Headquarters, Cambridge. Locations: New London, Ct. and after June 15, Roxbury. Writer unknown. 186 pages.

Reel: 2, No. 16
Col. David Waterbury's Fifth Connecticut Regiment of 1775, New York. (American).

June 13 - September 16, 1775; July 25 - December 6, 1775

This regiment marched to Canada under the command of Gen. Montgomery. Contains regimental and general orders, as well as a muster roll of Captain Lalmon Read's company (10th company of the regiment). Locations: Greenwich Camps, New York, Harlaem, Half Moon, Camp Island. Kept by Aaron Barlow. Diary of Aaron Barlow, including accounts of his journey from Redding, Ct. to Albany to join his company, the trip to Lake Champlain, events during the Siege of St. Francis, travel to Montreal, and the return to Albany. 120 pages.

Reel: 2, No. 17
Col. William Prescott's Massachusetts Regiment, Massachusetts. (American).

June 15 - September 2, 1775

Includes general and regimental orders. Covers the Battle of Bunker Hill and the active phase of the Siege of Boston. Locations: Cambridge, Mass. Writer unknown. 64 folio pages.

Reel: 2, No. 18
Col. Israel Putnam's Third Connecticut Regiment of 1775, Massachusetts. (American).

June 22 - October 7, 1775

Includes general and regimental orders and pertains to the Siege of Boston. Locations: Cambridge, Mass. Kept by Asabel Clark, 7th company. 134 pages.

Reel: 2, No. 19
Index of General Orders, Continental Army. (American).

July 3, 1775 - April 10, 1780; April 11, 1780 - August 14, 1783

102 pages.; 64 pages.

Reel: 2, No. 20
British Army Orders, Maj. Gen. Howe, Massachusetts. (British).

July 12 - September 21, 1775

Maj. Gen. Howe was commander of the British forces in America. Included in the volume is a return of the numbers killed, wounded, and missing on April 19, 1775 (Battle of Lexington) and June 17, 1775 (Bunker Hill). Locations: Headquarters, Boston. Writer unknown. 116 pages.

Reel: 2, No. 21
Col. James Clinton's Third New York Regiment of 1775, New York. (American).

August 27, 1775 - February 14, 1776

Commences at Albany and ends near Quebec. Probably kept in part by Ensign Thomas Lenington. 160 pages.

Reel: 2, No. 22
Gen. George Washington, Headquarters, Massachusetts. (American).

August 31 - September 24, 1775

Contains the general orders of Washington. At end: A weekly return of the Second Regiment in the Service of the United Colonies of N. America commanded by Col. Wm. Thompson. Kept by Edward Burd? 104 pages.

Reel: 2, No. 22.1
Col. Jedediah Huntington's Eight Connecticut Regiment of 1775, Massachusetts. (American).

September 29 - September 30, 1775

Includes general and regimental orders. Locations: Cambridge, Mass. Writer unknown. 4 pages.

Reel: 2, No. 23
British Headquarters, Massachusetts. (British).

October 13 - December 25, 1775

Contains general orders from British headquarters and orders for the three divisions at the camp on Charlestown Heights. Locations: Boston. Writer unknown. 164 pages.

Reel: 2, No. 24
Unidentified Massachusetts Brigade, Massachusetts. (American).

November 30 - December 12, 1775

Contains headquarters, brigade, and regimental orders. Brigade contained the Massachusetts battalions commanded by Cols. John Paterson, William Prescott, James Scammon, John Grafton, and Edward Phinney. Locations: Near Leachmere Point, Mass. Writer unknown. 18 pages.

Reel: 2, No. 24.1
Capt. Thomas Pierce's Company, Massachusetts and New York. (American).

January 1 - May 17, 1776

Pierce's company was part of Col. Henry Knox's artillery regiment. Contains general orders of George Washington from Cambridge and New York, orders of Maj. Gen. Artemus Ward from Roxbury, Mass., and some regimental orders. Locations: Boston, New York City. Writer unknown. 178 pages.

Reel: 2, No. 25
Moses Little's Twelfth Continental Regiment, Massachusetts and New York. (American).

January 1 - July 21, 1776

Little's regiment was part of the brigade commanded by Gen. Nathaniel Greene. The brigade was ordered from Boston to New York, March 29, and arrived in New York, April 18. Covers the period from the siege of Boston to the British landing in New York. Contains general, brigade, and regimental orders, plus ten pages of company returns. Locations: Boston, New York City. Kept by Nathaniel Mitchell. 350 pages.

Reel: 2, No. 26
Col. Charles Webb's Nineteenth Continental Regiment, Massachusetts. (American).

January 3 - February 10, 1776

Contains Washington's general orders, Brig. Gen. John Sullivan's orders issued from camp at Winter Hill, and orders issued from Roxbury, Mass. Locations: Boston. Kept by a member of Capt. Elisha Bostwick's company. 42 pages.

Reel: 2, No. 27
Col. Alexander Mc Dougall's First New York Regiment of 1776, New York. (American).

February 9 - June 11, 1776

Contains general and regimental orders. The troops in the city were under the command of Gen. Lee; after March 7, under Lord Stirling; after March 31, Brig. Gen. Heath; and finally, Gen. Washington. Covers the period of the arrival of troops in New York City for the expected British assault. Locations: New York City. Writer unknown. 294 pages.

Reel: 3, No. 28
Col. Alexander Mc Dougall's First New York Regiment of 1776, New York. (American).

March 25 - June 15, 1776

Contains general, brigade, and regimental orders. The New York troops were under the command of Lord Stirling; after March 31, General Heath, and finally, Gen. Washington. Covers the period of the arrival of American troops in the city for the expected British assault. Locations: New York City. Kept by Capt. Wiley? 186 pages.

Reel: 3, No. 29
Unidentified New York Regiment, New York. (American).

June 28 - July 28, 1776

This regiment was a part of Gen. John Morin Scott's brigade and Maj. Gen. Israel Putnam's division. Includes Washington's general orders and Scott's brigade orders. Locations: New York City. Kept by James McKenney and Conway Connell? 182 pages.

Reel: 3, No. 30
Northern Army, New York. (American).

July 10, 1776 - June 3, 1777

Includes the general orders of Gen. Horatio Gates, commander of the Northern Army. Locations: Ticonderoga, Albany. Writer unknown. 112 pages.

Reel: 3, No. 31
Capt. Wetherill's Company, New York. (American).

July 10 - July 19, 1776

Company was part of Col. David Forman's New Jersey regiment, Brig. Gen. Nathaniel Heard's brigade, and Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Greene's division. Includes orders of Gen. Greene, and at the end, a "Weekly Report of Capt. Wetherills Comp ... August 17th 1776". Locations: Long Island. Kept by Charles Fisher? 33 pages.

Reel: 3, No. 32
Fort George, New York. (American).

July 17 - August 19, 1776

Regimental and garrison orders, given by a Col. Eyck[?] and Lt. Col. Peter Gansevoort. Lt. Col. Gansevoort was in command of Fort George; Col. Eyck probably commanded the regiment. Locations: Fort George, New York. Kept by James McGee? 14 pages.

Reel: 3, No. 33
Capt. Barnardus Swartwout's Company of Minutemen, Dutchess County Militia, New York. (American).

August 15 - February 27, 1777

Company was a part of Col. Jacobus Swartwout's Dutchess County Militia regiment. Included are Washington's general orders, Maj. Gen. William Heath's Col. Swartwout's regimental orders. Locations: Kingsbridge, White Plains, Peekskill, and Fort Constitution. Writer unknown. 3 volumes. 250 pages.

Reel: 3, No. 34
Capt. Van Wyck's Company, New York. (American).

August 6 - September 30, 1776

Company formed part of Col. Jacobus Swartwout's regiment of minutemen, of the Dutchess County Militia. Includes general, brigade, and regimental orders, provision returns, and morning reports. Locations: Kingsbridge. Writer unknown. 112 pages.

Reel: 3, No. 35
Brig. Gen. Alexander Mc Dougall's Brigade, New York. (American).

August 12 - November 27, 1776

Contains general and division orders. McDougall was promoted Brig. Gen. by order of the Continental Congress (noted in orderly book, Aug. 12) and assumed command of a brigade composed of his 1st N.Y. Regt., Ritzema's and Webb's regiments, and the artificers. After the loss at New York City, the New Jersey regiments were also placed under his command. Covers period of successful British attack on Long Island and the Continental army's retreat. Locations: New York City, White Plains. Writer unknown. 130 pages.

Reel: 3, No. 36
British Regiment Footguards, New York and New Jersey. (British).

August 14, 1776 - January 28, 1777

Entry date "Sept 22d, 1776" reports the execution of Nathan Hale as a spy: "A spy from the enemy by his own full confession, Apprehended last night, was this day executed at 11 o'clock in front of the artillery park". Contains general, brigade, and regimental orders. Locations: Staten Island, New Utrecht and Newtown (L.I.); New York Island, New Rochelle, White Plains, Dobb's Ferry, and Delancy's Mill, N.Y.; Newark, Amboy, Rariton's Landing, Trenton, and Brunswick, N.J. Writer unknown. 346 pages.

Reel: 3, No. 37
Brig. Gen. Alexander MC Dougall's Brigade, New York. (American).

September 21 - April 8, 1777

Brigade would comprise part of the troops under the command of Gen. Israel Putnam at the Highlands and was involved in skirmishes near White Plains, including Chatterton's Hill. Kept by Major Taylor, Brigade Adjutant, and Major Richard Platt, Brigade Adjutant. 174 pages.

Reel: 3, No. 38
Col. Christopher Lippitt's Rhode Island Regiment, Rhode Island and New York. (American).

September 14 - October 31, 1776

Contains general and regimental orders. Locations: New Port, R.I.; Harlem, Mile Square, and White Plains, N.Y. Volume also contains the accounts of Nathan Harvey of Providence, R.I., 1788-1790, involving farm transactions. Writer unknown. 90 pages.

Reel: 3, No. 39
Sir William Howe, New York and New Jersey. (British).

September 26, 1776 - June 2, 1777

Contains general orders of Sir William Howe, Commander in Chief of the British forces in America. Concerns the Westchester Campaign and the Battle of White Plains, the capture of Fort Washington, the New Jersey Campaign, and the Battles of Trenton and Princeton. Discussion of Loyalist troops. Kept by Henry Knight, Aide-de-Camp to Lord Howe. 3 volumes. 322 pages.

Reel: 4, No. 40
Diary of Sgt. James Humphrey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts. (American).

September 30 - November 24, 1776

Sgt. Humphrey belonged to Capt. Gore's company, which was part of Col. William McIntosh's 1st Massachusetts Militia regiment. This diary is a "Journal of our march from Dorchester to New York" which records the Battle of Greenwich and minor engagements in Westchester County. Contains some headquarters, division, and regimental orders. 60 pages.

Reel: 4, No. 40.1
Lt. Col. Charles Mawhood's Seventeenth Regiment of Foot, New York and New Jersey. (British).

October 11 - December 28, 1776

Contains headquarters, division, brigade, and regimental orders. Locations: New York City, White Plains, Mile Square Camp, Delancy's Mills, N.Y.; Newark, Trenton, Princeton, Middlebush, and New Brunswick, N.J. Writer unknown. 172 pages.

Reel: 4, No. 41
Col. Peter Gansevoort's Third New York Regiment of 1777, New York and New Jersey. (American).

February 17, 1777 - May 21, 1778

Kept at the headquarters of Lt. Col. Marinus Willett, who commanded Fort Constitution. Contains general, regimental, and garrison orders issued from Morristown, N.J., Fishkill and Fort Constitution, N.Y., and on May 26, 1777, from Fort Schuyler, N.Y. Writer unknown. 124 pages.

Reel: 4, No. 42
Brig. Gen. Alexander MC Dougall's Brigade, New York and New Jersey. (American).

April 9 - August 28, 1777

The brigade was stationed in the Highlands which was under the command of Maj. Gen. Israel Putnam. Contains general, division, brigade, and after orders. Locations: Highlands, Peekskill, N.Y.; Morristown, N.J. Kept by Richard Platt, Brigade Adjutant. 87 pages.

Reel: 4, No. 43
Brig. Gen. Oliver Delancy's Brigade, New York. (British).

February 20, 1777 - June 29, 1778

Oliver Delancy was the senior Loyalist officer in the Revolution, and he initially raised this Loyalist brigade of 1,500 men for the defense of Long Island. Contains headquarters, general, brigade, battalion, circular, and private orders, as well as discussion of Loyalist regiments. Locations: Oyster Bay (L.I.), New York City, Kingsbridge, Harlem Heights, Huntington, Morris House, Jamaica (L.I.), New Town (L.I.), and Flushing (L.I.). Writer unknown. 192 pages.

Reel: 4, No. 44
Col. Daniel Morgan's Eleventh Virginia Regiment of 1777, New Jersey. (American).

May 15 - June 9, 1777

Contains brigade, division, and regimental orders, as well as Washington's headquarters orders, issued from Morristown, N.J. Locations: Middle Brook and Bound Brook, N.J. Writer unknown. 29 pages. (Early copy of the original, now located in the Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.).

Reel: 4, No. 45
Forty-Seventh Regiment, British Grenadiers, Canada and New York. (British).

June 7 - July 3, 1777

Regiment formed part of Gen. John Burgoyne's troops. Contains brigade, battalion, and general orders. Locations: Point au Feu, River Bouquet, Chimney Point, Three Mile Point, Crown Point, camp before Ticonderoga and nearby places (most on Lake Champlain). Kept by Lt. Poole England, Adjutant, 47th Regt. 115 pages.

Reel: 4, No. 46
Lt. Col. Joseph Storer's York County, Massachusetts Regiment, New York and Pennsylvania. (American).

August 21 - December 31, 1777

Regiment formed part of a brigade commanded by Brig. Gen. John Patterson. From August 21 to November 7, the regiment served in the Northern Army under Gen. Horatio Gates at Van Shaick's Island, Stillwater, Bemis Heights and Albany, N.Y. This portion of the orderly book covers the period of Burgoyne's drive from Canada and his surrender. From November 22 - December 31, 1777, the regiment served with the Main army under Gen. Washington at Whitemarsh, Gulph Mills, and Valley Forge, Pa. Writer unknown. 76 pages.

Reel: 5, No. 47
Lt. Col. Joseph Storer's York County, Massachusetts Regiment, New York and Pennsylvania. (American).

August 21 - December 31, 1777

Regiment formed part of a brigade commanded by Brig. Gen. John. Patterson. From August 21 to November 7, the regiment served in the Northern Army under Gen. Horatio Gates at Van Shaick's Island, Stillwater, Bemis Heights and Albany, N.Y. This portion of the orderly book covers the period of Burgoyne's drive from Canada and his surrender. From November 22 - December 31, 1777, the regiment served with the Main Army under Gen. Washington at Whitemarsh, Gulph Mills, and Valley Forge, Pa. Writer unknown. 76 pages. (Typed Copy).

Reel: 5, No. 48
Brig. Gen. Alexander MC Dougall's Brigade, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. (American).

August 29 - October 6, 1777

McDougall's brigade took part in the Battle of Germantown. Contains general, division, brigade and after orders. Locations: Peekskill, N.Y., Pennybecken Mills, Shippack, Wentz's Worcester, and Towamensing, Pa. Kept by Richard Platt, Brigade Adjutant. 124 pages.

Reel: 5, No. 49
Maj. Ebenezer Steven's Independent Battalion of Continental Artillery, New York. (American).

September 11 - December 23, 1777

The battalion served in the Northern Army, under the command of Gen. Horatio Gates. Contains general and regimental orders. Locations: Stillwater, Saratoga, Albany. Writer unknown. 74 pages.

Reel: 5, No. 50
Lt. Col. Joseph Storer's York County, Massachusetts Regiment, New York. (American).

September 23 - November 5, 1777

Regiment served in the Northern Army under the command of Gen. Horatio Gates, as part of Brig. Gen. John Paterson's brigade. Contains general and brigade orders. Locations: Stillwater, Saratoga, Albany. Writer unknown. 26 pages.

Reel: 5, No. 51
Capt. Peter Brown's Artillery Company of The Philadelphia Militia, Pennsylvania. (American).

September 27 - October 14, 1777

Company formed part of Col. Jehu Eyre's artillery regiment of the Philadelphia Militia, serving in Brig. Gen. James Irvine's brigade, Maj. Gen. John Armstrong's division. Includes brigade, division, and Washington's headquarters orders. Locations: Townships around Philadelphia and Towamensing. Kept by John Osborn? 60 pages.

Reel: 5, No. 52
Compilation of Orders Issued at Various Places by the British Army, New York and Pennsylvania. (British).

October 4 - November 28, 1777

Orders issued at Kingsbridge, Morris's House, Germantown, Philadelphia and New York City. Kept by Stephen Kemble, Deputy Adjutant General of the British Army in North America. 85 pages.


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