George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Artemas Ward, 6 June 1776

From Major General Artemas Ward

Boston 6 June 1776


Inclosed is the Invoice of the Ordnance Stores which I have forwarded to Norwich to the Care of Capt. Huntington to be forwarded from thence by him to New york, agreeable to General Putnam’s request in his letter to me of the twenty fourth of May.1 All those Articles were taken in the Ship Hope lately brought into this Harbor by Captain Mugford. I am Your Excellency’s Obedient Humble Servant

Artemas Ward

LS, DLC:GW; LB, MHi: Ward Papers.

1For the items requested by Gen. Israel Putnam, see Putnam to GW, 27 May 1776. Ward’s enclosed invoice shows that he sent 500 barrels of gunpowder, 500 carbines, 10,000 sandbags, 2 tons of musket balls, and various tools and nails (DLC:GW; see also Ward to GW, 9 June 1776). Joshua Huntington (1751–1821), a brother of Col. Jedediah Huntington and Capt. Ebenezer Huntington, served as a lieutenant in the 3d Connecticut Regiment during 1775 and was at this time a captain in the colony’s militia. He commanded a company in one of the six regiments of Connecticut militia that reinforced GW’s army at New York during the summer of 1776, and in February 1777 he became major of Col. Samuel Mott’s Connecticut state regiment. Although Huntington subsequently became a colonel, his role in the war after 1776 was largely an administrative and logistical one. From 1777 to 1778 he supervised the building of the Continental frigate Confederacy at Norwich, and during the last years of the war he acted as agent for Wadsworth & Carter of Hartford in supplying the French army at Newport with provisions and disposing of prizes taken by French ships.

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