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Connecticut 16 Year-Old Revolutionary War Drummer Boy Who Wintered at George Washington's Valley Forge Camp Pay-Order Made For HIs Six Months Service
January 25, 1781-Dated Revolutionary War Period, Maunscript Document Pay Order, For Six Months Service, Made to Luther Gates, who enlisted in 1777 for Six Months Service as a Drummer Boy of the 4th Conn. Regiment of the Continental Line, who notably Wintered with General George Washington at Valley Forge Camp, from Preston, Connecticut, Fine.
This Handwritten original Payment Order with interest is made to Luther Gates, with payments dated in 1781 and 1782, at Preston. Preston is a town in New London County, Connecticut. This payment document measures about 3.5" x 7.75" with written information on its face and other notations on its reverse side in rich brown, on laid watermarked period paper. Folds, scattered soiling, small fold wear hole at center, with manuscript cancel over the committee members names as being paid. Luther Gates was a 16 year-old Drummer Boy who served with the 4th Regiment of the Connecticut Line and who in numerous battles, and notably Wintered with General George Washington at Valley Forge Camp. The face side reads, in full:

"To Mr. Ephraim Herrick Treasurer for ye Town of Preston (CT.) - Sir -- Please to pay to Luther Gates or his order the sum of Teen (sic) pounds Teen (sic) Shillings Silver monney (sic) out of this Town monney (sic) it Being for his wages in the Six months Service in the Summer Past with interest (sic) from the first Day of January Instant. - Dated Preston January 25th, 1781." -- (Signed by Town Committee Members Including) - "Amos Avery, Andr(ew) Huntington, Asa Smith, Samuel Leonard, and Elias Brown" at the lower right in their approval.

The reverse side shows several different payments for various amounts being made by "John Cogswell" and "James Harris" each person Signing for portions of money due and paid at different dates using various calculations for interest due. Dates include: Preston July 14th, 1781; January 1, 1782 and Preston March 4th, 1782. These payments apparently for his later years in service.

242 Years Ago, General George Washington's Continental Army Troops made Camp at Valley Forge. On December 19, 1777, 11,000 Continental Army regulars marched into Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, to set up Winter quarters during the Revolutionary War. After his initial Six Months Service, Gates reenlisted for a three year term and served through the end of the War. This current Document is accompanied by a reprint documenting Luther Gates service in the U.S. Revolutionary War Rolls from
According to records at the Daughters of the American Revolution, Luther Gates (1761-1826) was born in Preston, Connecticut. Luther Gates enlisted in 1777 as Drummer Boy at age 16. He reenlisted at Windham CT, again as a Drummer under Capt. Abner Bacon's company, Col. John Durkee's regiment, serving three years. His second enlistment in 4th Connecticut Regiment, serving until the end of the war. Was at Peekskill, later joined with General George Washington's Army in Pennsylvania, was at the battle of Germantown, and Wintered at Valley Forge Camp and participated in the Battle of Monmouth.
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