The American Revolutionary War armies relied heavily on horses to carry cavalrymen into battle, pull cannons, carts and wagons of all descriptions – and moved messengers swiftly over countless miles.
Offering a cryptic and short, 1 ¾ x 7 ¾, Hartford, May 31, 1781, manuscript receipt, for what appears to involve a team of horses, noting “that Saml Cotton hath faried over one team back & forth with the states permission and hath received no pay.
We find a Samuel Cotton, who was a soldier in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
The Connecticut Continental line was reorganized several times over the course of the war until 1781 when the regiments were consolidated. More than 40,000 Connecticut men, about a fifth of the state’s population was involved in military service during the Revolutionary War. The Connecticut troops participated in nearly every campaign of the war, from the capture of Fort Ticonderoga to the Battle of Bunker Hill and the decisive victory at Yorktown.
Note has even toning, light soiling.
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