George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 19 February 1781

New Windsor 19 Feby 1781.

A list of the ordnance and principal stores for which Lt Col. Stevens is directed to apply to the honorable board of war and ordnance.

vizt. 3—24 pounders On travelling carriages, and
4—18 do contained in a return from the board of War 25 June 1780—with implements &ca.
300 round shot to each of the above—with
20 grape do paper cartridges and a sufficiency of powder to fill them.
Lt Col. Stevens is directed, if possible, to procure three more heavy pieces, to make up the number ten—and a proportion of ammunition.
4 field pieces—6 pounders, if to be had; if not, such
as can be obtained, with 140 round shot and 60 case to each piece, and small stores in proportion.
1—8 inch howitzer Each two hundred shells and
3—5 1/2 inch do twenty grape or cannister— fuzes—flannel cartridges for the chambers, &ca.
One hundred thousand musket cartridges
Five thousand flints Estimate of the quantity of Powder necessary for the service of the heavy cannon and howitzers.
24 pounders 960 round at 8 lbs each 7680
18 do 1280 6 7680
8 inch shells and grape 220 4 880
5 1/2 do do 640 2 1280
Contingencies 300
Pounds weight 17,800

Three carpenters—three Wheelwrights—three blacksmiths—three armourers, with proper tools and a travelling forge will be necessary, also, a conductor of Military Stores.

It being rather uncertain what quantity of ordnance Lt Col. Stevens will be able to obtain, the small species of stores necessary for batteries are omitted. He will render an estimate of them when he knows the number he shall be able to procure.

H. Knox

Brig. Gen. Artillery

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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