Published by Primary Source Microfilm
This collection of orderly books, the journal-like accounts recorded by clerks in the various military units, provides researchers with a significant source of historical information on the American Colonial period.
The 201 orderly books in this collection date from the French and Indian War to the end of the War of 1812. Also included are a number of rare British orderly books, providing British records of the Revolutionary War along with records from members of the Colonial armies.
These orderly books record the orders of the Commander-in-Chief as well as those of Generals Gage, Lamb, Gates, Malcolm and McDougall. Each entry contains specific information about daily life within a military unit through such details as:
Early American Orderly Books offers first-hand observations of the moral and psychological conditions of the average soldier, while providing insight into the daily problems confronting the armies.
- Admonishments on conduct considered improper for soldiers
- Daily passwords and counter-signs
- Directives on the control of civilians
- Official memoranda
- Orders concerning court-martials and sentences
- Pertinent daily orders
- Records on the provisioning of troops
A Guide and Subject Index to the Microfilm Collection of Early American Orderly Books, 1748-1817 from the Collection of the New York Historical Society is provided with each order for the complete collection.