West point May 18th 1782
According to the Order of his Excellency General Washington of the 12th, I have transmitted the following return to Colo. Hughes Deputy quarter Master.
for platforms for 100 pieces of Cannon & 30 mortars,
29400 feet of Plancks between 2 and 3 enches thick,
880 peices of Timbers 18 feet in length & 6 enches Square.
3000 pick axes,
6000 Spades & Showels,
1 Bill hooks
[ ] axes,
20 Crow bars,
6000 Sand Baggs.
for a floating Bridge 200 yards long.
[ ] flatt Bottom’d Boats,
2 Cables 200 yards long & from 5 to 6 enches in diameter
4 ancres with Each from 300 to 500, a Cable of 4 or 5 enches Diameter. if the diameter of the cabels is deminished the number of the Anchors must be increased.
8400 feet of planks
240 pieces of Timbers 18 feet Long & 6 enches Square.
as I don’t know if the operations of the Campaign will require any floating Bridges or how many will be wanted, I gave the Quarter Master the Calculation of one, to enable him to procure what is necessary for the Building of those he may receive Orders for.
Major Commanding Engineer
DNA: RG 93—Manuscript File.