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Enclosure: Colonel Richard Gridley’s Estimate of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores, 20 October 1775

Enclosure

Colonel Richard Gridley’s Estimate of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores

[20 October 1775]

Inventory of Ordnance & Stores necessary for the present Army Supposing it to Consist of Twenty Thousand men.

Cannon vizt

pounders 24 } Battering Cannon 36
& 18
12 } Cannon 20
& 9
6 } Small Cannon &
Field pieces
 44
4
3
100
with Carriages & Implemts Compleat

Mortars vizt

Inches 10 6
 8 2
 7 2
 8 Inch Howitz.  3
 13
with Beds & Carriags Compleat
Gins 6
platforms Compleat 100 for Guns
platforms for mortars 10
Spare
Carriages for Guns 30
Beds for mortars 6
Sponges Ladles ramrs 10 Setts
Shott
Round for Batterg Cannon 5 thousand
round & Case for Smallr 10 Thousd
Shells for mortars
Inch 10
 8
 7
1,200
1,000
400
Hand Grenades 2,000
Fuzes for Bombs & Hand Grenades
Port Fires1
Tin Tubes
Powder
For Cannon & mortars 200 rounds 1155
For 20 Thousd men 120 rounds or 3 lb. per man 600
For Compositions and Extraordinarys 245
2,000 Barrels
Lead
For musketry 15 Tons
Sheet Lead  3
18 Tons
Horses & Harness Compleat 40

Stores Vizt Intrenching Tools, Spare Timber & plank, Handspikes Beds & Coins, Match, Flints, Salt petre, Brimstone, Pitch & Tar, Turpentine, Oyl, Beeswax, Rozin, Candles & Tallow, Sheep Skins, Canvass & packthread, Needles, Lanthorns of Sorts, Powder Measures, Iron potts & Kettles, Flannel, Tin & Copper for Ladles, Travelling Forge Compleat, Barr Iron, Steel, Nails & Spikes, Files, Carpenters & wheelwrights Tools, Cordage of Sorts, Codlines & Marlin, Cotton for Quick Match, Spirits of Wine, Budge Barrels2 & Haversacks, Painted Canvas, Tann’d Hides, Tents, Ammunition Carts, Cartridge paper, Writing paper, 2 pair of Large hand Bellows, Brushes, Glue, Grindstones, Scales & Weights, Surveying Compass & Chain, Searces3 of Sorts, Sieves, 1 Theodolite, 1 Good Telescope, 1 Case of Instruments

Ordnance, Shott & Shells now in Camp

Pounders Cannon Shott
24  5 449
18  6 260
12  2 149
 9  3 1175
 8  1
 6  2 } 1134
 5¼  4
 4  7 1475
 3  9 3079
 2½  2 1009
41 8730
 Carriages Ladles ramrs & Sponges &c. Compleat
Inches Mortars Shells
10  3 } 374
 8  2 452
 8 Howitz.  3
 7 Brass  2 641
mortars        
10 1467
 With Beds, Carriages & Implements Compleat. whole barrels

Powder

Lead

AD, DNA: RG 93, Manuscript File, no. 20717; AD, DNA:PCC, item 58; copy, DNA:PCC item 169.

1Portfires, used in firing artillery, consisted of small paper cases filled with niter, sulfur, and meal powder.

2Budge barrels were used to carry gunpowder from magazines to batteries.

3Sieves or strainers.

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