An Estimate of rations required to supply an Army
of Thirty five Thousand rank & File
rations per day
|The Commander in Chief, and his suite, The|
|Committee of Congress, Foreign Officers|
|and their attendants||80|
|25,||General Officers at 15 rations per day||375|
|210||Field Officers supposing 70 Regts and field Officers to each Regt at 3 ra. each||630|
|Captains, Subalterns & Staff 31 to Each regiment to Camp hauling provisions, Forage & Stores||4,340|
|Rank & File||35,000|
|Commissary General, Commissary of Magazine their Clerks & Assistants||20|
|Geographer & Surveyers||20|
|Engineers Sappers and Miners||200|
|40||Brigade Commissary’s and their Clerks @ 2 ra. Ea.||80|
|10||Clerks and Store Keepers in the 2 M. Genls line at Camp @ 2 ra. Ea.||20|
|60||Waggon Officers @ a ra. Ea.||120|
|50||Officers of Artificers @ 2 ra. Ea.||100|
|40||Officers of Boats &ca @ 2 ra. Ea.||80|
|400,||Sailers and Boatmen||400|
|12||Supervisors of roads, Expresses, Guides, Horse Yard Keepers &ca||24|
|Commissary of Hides Department||20|
|Women & Cooks||800|
|Waggoners employd from Delaware & North River to Camp hauling provisions, Forage & Stores||600|
|Drovers of Cattle||50|
|Total of rations daily||45,700|
Forty five Thousand seven hundred rations, at one pound & a quarter of bread or flour per Man per day for thirty days will require Eight Thousand five hundred & Sixty nine Barrels of Flour each Barrell weighing two hundred pounds to furnish and speedily forward this quantity the following proportion is Stated.
|Maryland||2000||to be delivered by the|
|State of Maryd||at||Trenton|
|Delaware||500||to be also dld by that state||at||Trenton|
|Jersey||500||to be Deliverd by the|
|Pensylvania||4,500||to be Deliverd one Thousand|
|1000, Bls||at||Coryells ferry|
|Connecticut||1,200||to be Dld||at||North River or the Sound|
|New York||169||to be Dld||at||Albany or Schenectady|
|8,869||Total in Bls for thirty days Supply|
|Estimating the barrels to contain two|
|hundred pounds of flour each. The|
|barrels usually are not packed and on an|
|Average do not weigh more than One|
|hundred & Seventy pounds at the time of|
An Equal quantity of Beef will be required the mode of Estimating Cattle on foot has been very injurious to the public and may be of ruinous consequences in the present case it is proposed that the Cattle furnished be slaughtered at Camp and the exact weight fixed, this will do equal Justice to the States and to the Army.
|New Hampshire for thirty days at the rate of||10,000|
|pounds Beef Deld in Camp|
|Massachusetts||6,000||Delivd in Camp|
|New York||4,000||dld at Albany|
|Delaware||3,000||Deliverd in Camp|
|Total||57,125||pds Beef per Day|
Rum allowing a Gill to each ration will require 18 Hogds per day avaraging the Hhds at 100 Gallons Each great peculation is made on this costly and usefull article and tho it is not proposed by this Estimate to fix a Gill of Rum as part of a ration yet provision should be made for having it is to Issue when the Commander in Chief thinks proper.
Twenty Hhds per day for 30 days amount to 600 Hhds.
|New Hampshire||—to procure and forward to Camp||25|
Soap and Candles should be instantly provided in New Jersey by the Superintendant Contracter and regularly furnished to the Troops. What provision Colo. Blain has made for Vinigar I dont know, but the health of the Army requires a considerable quantity of that Article.
The Officers of the Army as well as the Troops in General in the Summer season are anxious for Bacon there is little or none provided for the Campaign in Addition to the Beef it is proposed to require of
|Virginia||30,000||pounds of Bacon|
|145,000 pds||of Bacon|
This quantity would be three days supply for the whole and we think may be readily furnished by all the above States.
We think the foregoing Estimate is as accurate as the information we have of the resources in the several States will admit of. Considerable supplys in Forage will be required of Virginia and Delaware States and from Massachusetts and Rhode Island, we expect fresh Meat will be called for to supply the French Fleet, on this supposition, we rated them lower in this Estimate than we should otherwise have done.
Nath. Greene Q.M.G.
Chas Stewart Comm. Gen. Issues