Learning From The Past. Equipment & Supplies.

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    I thought some of you may find this of some interest.
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    Following is a list of supplies issued to a French and Indian raiding party in the winter of 1747, which was led by Commander Boucher de Niverville. This list has been, in part, re-translated by the author
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    Supplies for the six militia men:

    6 pounds of gunpowder in bags of one eighth of an ell
    12 pounds of lead in bags
    6 butcher knives
    6 flint and steel with tinderbox and tinder
    6 awls
    36 musket flints 6 tumplines
    6 bearskins
    6 deerskins weighing 17 pounds
    6 pair of ox hide shoes
    6 tomahawks
    4 ells of mazamet in 6 pairs of mittens and 6 pairs of socks
    6 cotton shirts
    6 pairs of snowshoes
    6 toboggans
    6 pairs of ice creepers
    6 pounds of tobacco

    Supplies for three cadets:
    3 pounds of gunpowder
    3 bearskins
    6 pounds of lead and ball
    3 deerskins weighing 8 pounds
    3 butcher knives
    3 folding knives
    3 flint and steel and tinderbox with tinder
    3 worms
    3 awls
    18 musket flints
    3 tumplines
    3 tomahawks
    3 pounds of tobacco
    2 ells of mazamet in 3 pairs of mittens and 3 pairs of ƒocks
    3 ells of molten in 3 pairs of leggings
    3 cotton shirts
    3 pairs of snowshoes
    3 toboggans

    Supplies for commander Boucher de Niverville:
    2 pounds of gunpowder
    1 deerskin weighing three pounds
    4 pounds of lead and ball
    1 pair of ox hide shoes
    2 butcher knives
    1 tomahawk
    1 folding knife
    2 thirds of an ell of mazamet in one pair of mittens and one pair of socks
    1 flint and steel and tinderbox with tinder
    1 awl
    1 ell of molton in one pair of leggings
    1 worm
    1 cotton shirt
    6 musket flints
    1 pair snowshoes
    1 tumpline
    1 pound of chocolate
    1 bearskin
    1 toboggan
    2 pounds of tobacco

    Supplies for the 45 Abenaki warriors
    45 pounds of gunpowder in a keg
    90 pounds of ball in two bags of one eighth of an ell
    45 butcher knives
    45 folding knives
    45 flint and steel and tinderbox with tinder
    45 worms
    20 awls
    200 gun flints
    12 tumplines
    10 untanned deerskins
    20 tomahawks
    200 arrow heads
    45 deerskins weighing 121 pounds
    10 pairs of snowshoes
    15 ells of mazamet in 45 pairs of mittens
    6 small crib blankets to make shoe liners
    12 toboggans
    50 pounds of tobacco
    12 stone pipes
    10 ells of molton in 10 pairs of leggings
    22 ells of mazamet and 4 ounces of Rennes thread in 4 capotes
    36 ells of Lyon linen in 12 shirts
    6 - 2 and a half point blankets
    12 crooked knives
    4 pounds of vermilion
    1 and a half ells of broadcloth in 6 breech cloths
    4 uncovered kettles weighing 23 pounds

    Supplies for 40 days for the whole party:
    15 bushels of cornmeal in 55 bags of one quarter of an ell
    400 pounds of salt pork and 400 pounds of hardtack in 14 sacks
    1375 pounds of whole flour in 55 bags of one quarter of an ell
    4 bushels of peas and 6 bushels of corn in 20 bags of half an ell
    4 pots of brandy and 1 pot of wine in 3 casks
    1 oilcloth
    2 new muskets
    6 small files
    25 fish hooks
    3 pots of cheap rum for Indians upon departure
    6 pounds of rice in one bag of one quarter of an ell

    Supplies for 24 Abenakis and Iroquois who have joined our party:
    24 pounds of gunpowder in one bag of half an ell
    48 pounds of lead and ball in one bag of one eighth of an ell
    24 butcher knives
    24 flint and steel and tinderbox with tinder
    24 worms
    24 awls
    100 musket flints
    15 pairs of snowshoes
    10 tomahawks
    5 large axes
    24 deerskins weighing 65 pounds
    6 toboggans
    100 arrow heads
    6 stone pipes
    8 ells of mazamet in 24 pairs of mittens
    3 crib blankets for shoe liners
    24 pounds of tobacco
    2 pounds of vermilion
    2 muskets
    1 kettle weighing nine and a half pounds
    500 pounds of whole wheat flour in 24 bags of one quarter of an ell
    4 small files
    5 bushels of corn meal in 12 bags of one quarter of an ell
    2 bushels of peas in 8 bags of one quarter of an ell
    50 pounds of grease in 5 kegs
    150 pounds of salt pork and 300 pounds of hardtack in 8 bags
    48 pounds of beef
    72 pounds of bread
    1 pot of cheap rum

    Reference (7).
    The New World Woodsman. His clothing, tools and accoutrements. By Keith H. Burgess.
    http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/by-john-buxton.html
     
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