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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.02233
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0060] 1-15 July 1783 
Title Army rations issued to sappers & miners
Date 4 July 1783
Author Bushnell, David (1740-1826)  
Document Type Military document
Content Description Provision return for non-commissioned officers and privates belonging to the corps of sappers and miners from 1-4 July. A total of 18 men received a total of 76 rations.
Subjects Muster Rolls and Returns  Military History  Military Provisions  Continental Army  West Point (US Military Academy)  Science and Technology  
People Bushnell, David (ca. 1740-1826)  
Place written West Point, New York
Theme The American Revolution
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Additional Information David Bushnell built the first man-propelled submarine boat, called the "American Turtle." It featured a wooden magazine containing gunpowder and a clock mechanism for igniting it at any particular time. Although he was not successful in his attempts to destroy British ships during the American Revolution, he is recognized as the father of the modern submarine. While it could not be definitively confirmed that the writer of this document is the same Bushnell as the inventor of the submarine, it appears likely, as the inventor served as Captain of a corps of sappers and miners during the Revolution. David Bushnell's birth date appears as 1740 in most sources. His death date appears as either 1824 or 1826.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859