Lot 203: Revolutionary War Document Manuscript Muster Roll, Capt. Nathaniel Heath
Historic Autographs, Civil War Encased Postage Stamps, Colonial, Revolutionary War, Federal Era, Coins, Currency, Medals
December 10, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
1778 Revolutionary War Muster Roll from Massachusetts
August 16, 1778-Dated Revolutionary War, Manuscript Document Signed, "Nath'l Heath. Captn.," Muster Roll, for Capt. Nath'l Heath's Company, Boston, Massachusetts, Choice Very Fine.
Original Revolutionary War-date Manuscript Muster Roll of Captain Nathaniel Heath's Company. G[errish] Reg't for Guards... in the Service of the United States Engaged Six Months...", 2 pages, measures 13.25" x 13", at Boston. Gerrish's Regiment was one of the 27 infantry regiments of the Massachusetts line created by the Continental Congress in 1775. Commanded by Colonel Samuel Gerrish, the unit saw action in the Boston and Cambridge campaigns and fought at Bunker Hill June 17, 1775. The unit was one of many established on June 14, 1775, when the Continental Congress assumed responsibility for militia regiments that had been raised by the colonies of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Most of these units, including Gerrish's Regiment, were stationed outside Boston, Massachusetts, where they besieged the city occupied by British troops under the command of General Thomas Gage.
Unusual use of red outline with rich brown manuscript portions and signatures on solid, high quality period laid paper showing light actual use. Being a listing of 19 soldiers, eight noncoms, Capt. Nathaniel Heath and Lieut. Thomas Brastow giving their names, date enlisted, and current disposition, Signed by muster officer Andrew Brown at bottom. A chart showing the number of "effectives" appears on verso, only 19 men, signed by Heath and Brastow. Nice for display. Scarce.