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George Washington (1732-1799)
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"Washington Accepting Command of the Armies"
From "Heritage USA: The American Revolution"
© Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

George Washington's Camp Chest
1776-1783

General Washington ate here
This mess chest contains four tin pots with detachable wooden handles, five tin plates, three tin platters, two tin boxes, two knives, three forks, a gridiron with collapsible legs, a tinder box, eight glass bottles with cork stoppers, two glass bottles with pewter tops for salt and pepper, and a woolen sack with six compartments. Washington probably used this chest rarely, most likely when his forces were on the move and there was no time to set up a more formal mess.

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