Celebrating 17 years

A Minuteman's Pay Order

The men who fought early in the Revolutionary War in the Boston area were trained by a regular program of half-day training. This program had begun operations in late 1774.

Pay vouchers were later issued to the Captains who were training companies in the Colony of Connecticut.

Here is an original pay voucher dated June 5, 1775 — two months after the outbreak of hostilities between the British and the Americans. The pay order is for training that took place most probably before the War had begun, sometime between the Fall of 1774 and the Spring of 1775.

This document orders that Captain Noah Griswold of the 3rd Military Company at Windsor, Connecticut be paid the sum of "nineteen pounds eight shillings" for a program of half-day training.