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This “descriptive list” for a company of the 7th Massachusetts Regiment was taken at West Point, New York, in 1782. Descriptive lists offer a rare look at the social makeup of the Continental Army. This list records the names, birthplaces, residences, physical descriptions, and enlistment details for the 50 men in the company, including five soldiers of African descent. Many of the New England regiments of the Continental Army were integrated, with soldiers of African and Native American descent serving alongside white soldiers. 

Manuscript Details

  • Descriptive List 
    West Point, New York
    June 16, 1782 
    Paper, Ink 
    Museum of the American Revolution (Benninghoff Collection)

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Baron von Steuben's Regulations

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Jeremiah McGowan's Continental Army Discharge

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