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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.10436
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0015] September-December 1776 
Title Account information between Henry Knox and Captain Edward Burbeck
Date 1776
Document Type Military document; Business and financial document
Content Description Lists transactions between Henry Knox and Edward Burbeck by date from 28 December 1773 to 15 March 1776. Includes amounts for the pay of Burbeck's men, "Blankett Money," and various unnamed articles.
Subjects Finance  Muster Rolls and Returns  Military History  Continental Army  Artillery  Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Soldier's Pay  Military Supplies  
People Burbeck, Edward (1740-1783)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Theme The American Revolution
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Additional Information Edward Burbeck (1740-1783) was born in Boston, became a carver by trade, and served as captain of a company in the Gridley Knox regiment from May 1775 to the close 1776. Suspected to be a member of the Boston Tea Party, he had a price put on his head. Burbeck and his family were living in Boston at the time of the Battle of Bunker Hill. While Boston was in possession of British forces under General Howe, Burbeck made cartridges for his father, who was manufacturing ammunition for Washington's army. He did so in the night with the blinds closed, so as not to be observed by the British, and secretly managed, by the milkmen and others, to convey them to his father. His wife, Jane {neé Milk) appears on the rolls of the DAR as a patriot, as she carried ammunition to the American army in a milk can. When British sentries got an inkling of what Burbeck was doing, his friends spirited him away with his wife and children over the Charles River in the night. [Adapted from "The Burbeck Genealogy" by Allan Beal Burbeck.]
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859