1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 8, 2020 11:44 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking orders for Revolutionary War materials


      My Cheney ancestors in Connecticut manufactured nails and tacks for use in the Revolutionary War. Are there any records of purchases for such materials by the government?

        • Re: Seeking orders for Revolutionary War materials
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Ms. Williamson,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774 - 1789 in Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention (Record Group 360) and Numbered Record Books in the War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records (Record Group 93) that contain records regarding supplying the Continental Army. For more information about these records, please contact National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at Archives1reference@nara.gov.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          These records are available through Fold3 with a free account, as the collections Continental Congress - Papers and Numbered Record Books.


          Please note that due to the sometimes decentralized nature of Revolutionary War era military procurement, the routine nature of purchases of items such as nails and tacks, the challenge of trying to maintain records during the war, the fire that burned down the War Department in 1800, and the destruction of many records in Washington during the War of 1812, there may not be any surviving records on this matter. 


          We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!