Original U.S. Revolutionary War Documents Signed by Quartermaster Henry Daggett of the 7th Connecticut Regiment - 11 Documents

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Original Items: Only One Lot of 11 Available. This is a fantastic lot of very well preserved documents ranging from 1777 to 1779, the height of the War of Independence. Most of the documents are signed by Quartermaster Henry Daggett, who is seen serving with both the 2nd and 7th Connecticut Regiments during the war as a part of the Connecticut Line.

The Connecticut Line was a formation within the Continental Army. The term "Connecticut Line" referred to the quota of numbered infantry regiments assigned to Connecticut at various times by the Continental Congress, the size of its allocation determined by the size of its population relative to that of other states. These, together with similarly apportioned contingents from the other twelve states, formed the Continental Line. The concept was particularly important in relation to the promotion of commissioned officers. Officers of the Continental Army below the rank of brigadier general were ordinarily ineligible for promotion except in the line of their own state.

The lot consists of 11 documents, several signed by Henry Daggett, Quartermaster of the 7th Connecticut. The documents / receipts from Daggett and others for the following:
- Damaged gun
- Damaged gun and bayonet
Damaged cartouche box
2 company tents and 1 Bell tent
Damaged bayonet belt and 2 scabbards
Damaged musket
Receipt to Daggett for 11 guns, bayonets, and bayonet scabbards
Receipt to Daggett for money for stores.
Hartford Feb. 1778 receipt to Jeremiah Wadsworth for a “new bridle for the uses of the army” signed by Lt. Col. Wm. Livingston. Wadsworth was Deputy Commissary General and Commissary General of Purchases, 1777 to 1780. Livingston is likely William Smith Livingston, Major New York militia, ADC to Greene, and Lt. Col. Webb’s Additional Regiment Jan 1777 to Oct 1778.
Camp Peekskill Oct. 15, 1781, clothing receipt to Jabez Clark by Thomas Sherman for shoes, shirts, hose, frocks, and “linen overhauls,” “for the use of the 4th Connt. Regt.,” likely the 4th Connecticut formed January 1781 from the 6th CT, who served to January 1783 under Zebulon Butler.

The condition of all the documents is very good and has been well preserved for the last 245 years! The iron ink has oxidized the writing to a lovely rust color, but if you are able to, the writing is still easily discernible.

The largest document is approximately: 8.5 x 5in
The smallest document is approximately: 5.5 x 2.5in

A wonderful assortment of documents from the Revolutionary War that comes more than ready to be transcribed and displayed!

2nd Connecticut Regiment
The 2nd Connecticut Regiment was authorized in the Continental Army on 16 September 1776. It was organized between 1 January and April 1777 at Danbury, Connecticut of eight companies from the counties of Fairfield, Windham, and Hartford in the state of Connecticut and assigned on 3 April 1777 to the 1st Connecticut Brigade of the Highlands Department. The regiment was reassigned to McDougall's Brigade on 12 June 1777; then three days later (15 June 1777 it was reassigned to the 2nd Connecticut Brigade. One month later, 10 July 1777 the regiment was reassigned to 1st Connecticut Brigade. On 13 November 1777 the regiment was reassigned to the 2nd Connecticut Brigade of the Main Continental Army. On 1 May 1779 the 2nd Connecticut Brigade was reassigned to the Highlands department and the regiment was re-organized to nine companies on 11 July 1779. The regiment was reassigned to the Main Continental Army on 16 November 1779. It was reassigned to the Highland's department on 27 November 1780. On 1 January 1781 the regiment was merged with 9th Connecticut Regiment, re-organized and re-designated as the 3rd Connecticut Regiment of the 1st Connecticut Brigade. The regiment would see action in the New York Campaign, Battle of Brandywine, Battle of Germantown and the Battle of Monmouth. The regiment was furloughed 15 June 1783 at West Point, New York and disbanded on 15 November 1783.

7th Connecticut Regiment
The 7th Connecticut Regiment was raised on September 16, 1776, at New Milford, Connecticut. The regiment would see action in the Battle of Brandywine, Battle of Germantown and the Battle of Monmouth. The regiment was merged into the 5th Connecticut Regiment on January 1, 1781, at West Point, New York and disbanded on November 15, 1783.

A Seventh Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Regiment served in the Union Army during the Civil War. Most of its enlistment was in the Department of the South, but after early 1864, it was transferred to Virginia to join the Army of the Potomac and the Army of the James. It finished the war in North Carolina. Early in its history, it successfully invaded Tybee Island from the sea and captured Hilton Head in preparation of a landward assault on Charleston, South Carolina. After a brief skirmish that saw it defeated by a superior rebel defense, no further assault was attempted by land. Faced with hardships due to the loss of its support ships to a storm and treacherous terrain, the regiment was transferred to engagements elsewhere.

The Seventh Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Regiment also served in the Battle of Olustee in Florida in a fight that had no effect on the outcome of the American Civil War.

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