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Title Accounts [manuscript]: purchases at the U.S. Arsenal at Greenleaf’s Point; and Return of... ordnance stores at Belle Fontaine, M.T. [Missouri Territory], 1820 Sept. 30 - Dec. 31
Author United States Army Ordnance Dept.
Date
Document Type Financial Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Includes three separate accounting statements recording ordnance supplies held at Greenleaf’s Point and at Fort Belle Fontaine. The first item is a detailed accounting notebook (18 pages) of expenditures for basic supplies at Greenleaf’s Point Arsenal (1817-1820) under the command of Capt. Joseph S. Nelson. The notebook contains over 400 entries for a variety of provisions including lumber, shovels, nails, rope, oil and lead. The other two items briefly enumerate accounts of ordnance stores at Fort Belle Fontaine (Sept. & Dec. 1820). Each statement lists the military weapons held at the fort such as cannons, howitzers, small arms, and ammunition supplies.
Names Nelson, Joseph S. (d. 1843)
Places Greenleaf's Point, Washington, D.C., Fort Bellefontaine, Missouri, United States
Keywords money, financial transactions, supplies, timber, weapon, fort, army, equipment
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Culture Area Northeast, Great Plains
Additional Information The accounting statements of the U.S. Arsenal at Greenleaf’s Point and Fort Belle Fontaine exemplify the Army’s ordnance needs in the early years of the republic. Now known as Fort Lesley J. McNair, the Arsenal at Greenleaf’s Point was established in the 1790s at the mouth of the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. Fort Belle Fontaine was built in 1805 on the Missouri River just north of St. Louis and served as the military headquarters of the region until 1826.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT oversize Ayer MS 3069
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue