Manuscript Group 38, Ebenezer Elmer (fl. 1776-1785), Revolutionary War officer Journals, 1776-1785
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Manuscript Group 38, Ebenezer Elmer (fl. 1776-1785), Revolutionary War officer Journals, 1776-1785, 0.25 linear feet
Call Number: MG 38
Elmer, a lieutenant in the 3rd New Jersey Regiment in the
Continental Service, maintained fourteen volumes in which he
recorded military orders and his own personal observations about
the military conflict from January 9, 1776 to August 12, 1779.
Included are notes about troop movements encounters with the
enemy, leisure activities of the officers, religious services,
treaties and encounters with the Indians, and problems with
smallpox among the troops. These journals provide rich
details about Native American culture. Elmer makes a number
of observations about the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and
Seneca people, describing their instruments of war, peace
symbols, child rearing and education practices, systems of trade
(use of wampum), and dance. Of special note is Elmer's
observation of an adult white woman who had been taken into
captivity by the Mohawks when she was very young.
L. Q. C. Elmer, ca. 1845.
more information on the 3rd New Jersey Regiment see:
Group 94, Elias Dayton (1737-1807) Papers
Group 216, Captain Thomas Patterson's 2nd Company, 3rd New Jersey Continental
Regiment Account book
Group 377, Joseph Bloomfield (1753-1823) Papers
from the Orderly Book of Colonel Daytons Battalion,
18, 1776. Tipped onto Japanese paper and sewn. Elizabethtown,
Staten Island. (New Jersey Historical Society Proceedings)
of an Expedition to Canada
in the Continental Service and
Regiment of New Jersey Troup, Commanded Elias Dayton Esq.
Colonel, by Ebenezer Elmer Ensign, February 8-June 7,
1796. Albany, Schenectady, Elizabethtown, Perth Amboy, New
York City, Johns Town. [No.
II] (New Jersey Historical Society Proceedings)
[continuation of Journal of an Expedition to
]. June 7-September
22, 1776. Johns Town, German Flats, Fort Schuyler. Includes:
a court hearing at Fort Dayton, Captain Joseph Bloomfield,
accounts of the regiment, medical notes, military accounts, daily
records and personal observations. Includes three loose items:
daily company report, July 26, 1776, and two entries dated July
1776 and September 10-16, 1776. [No. III] (New
Jersey Historical Society Proceedings)
January 9-March 2, 1776. (Personal?) Beginning of
September 23-October 7, 1776. With speeches and addresses.
Fort Schuyler. Extract of letter from General Clinton,
14, 1776. (New Jersey Historical Society Proceedings)
October 10-November 19, 1776. (Continental Service) Fort
[sic]. List of general officers in the Army, list of
officers lost in Battle of Bunker Hill. (New Jersey
Historical Society Proceedings)
October 25-October 31, 1776. Saratoga. [No. IV]
October 29-November 20, 1776. Headquarters, Saratoga/Ticonderoga.
November 20, 1776-January 19, 1777. Ticonderoga. List
of artillery mounted
at Ticonderoga, November 8, 1776. [No. VI?]
November 20-December 29, 1776. Fort Ticonderoga, Saratoga.
30, 1776-January 13, 1777. Ticonderoga, Saratoga.
20-May 24, 1777. Cromwells prayer at the hour of his
25, 1777. With speeches, a play, entries. [No. VIII]
1-September 5, 1777. Entries, return of sick roster,
Morristown, Middle Brook Camp.
||Memoirs of an
Expedition undertaken against the Savages to the Westward,
Major John Sullivan, June 18-August 12,
political philosophy. n. d. (Sommers)
1782-1785. Personal and military. Military
notes, August 24, 1782-November
3, 1783. Account of money received towards the Bridge Town
Academy, 1785. Essay on religion.
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