MSS 32: Nathan Beers Papers, 1777-1783
Creator: Nathan Beers (1753-1849)
Extent: 1.5 ft.
Description: Most of the material in this collection relates to the history of Col. Samuel B. Webb's regiment (of which Nathan Beers was paymaster), belonging to the Connecticut line of 1777-83. Beyond his duties as paymaster, Beers managed many of the financial affairs of the regiment in its dealings with other regiments. Files of such papers generally relate to occasions when they encamped in the same place as Webb's regiment and shared its payroll or ammunition accounts. The diversity of Beers' papers comes from this communal bookkeeping. For example, there is the brigade major's book of Parson's Brigade concerned most with 1779 orders for the quartering and deportment of troops in their winter and spring encampment at Redding. There is also a payroll volume of the Fourth Regiment's 2nd Company, listing Connecticut African-Americans who fought in the Revolution. Muster rolls, accounts, bills, receipts, payrolls, commissions, and other military documents are included.
Research Topics: Connecticut regiments in the Revolutionary War; ration and payroll practices in the Revolutionary War; African-Americans in the Revolutionary War