[Verplanck's Point?]: September 19, 1782.
1p. Endorsed on verso, cancellation mark recto. 2-3/4 x 6-3/4 inches. Small void in top left corner not affecting text, trimmed close at bottom margin Item #353645
Chaloner served as the Deputy Commissary of Purchases for the Middle Department of the Continental Army from 1777 to the end of the war. The period after Yorktown but prior to the signing of the Treaty of Paris saw continued operations of the Continental Army to maintain their state of readiness. At the end of August 1782, with the British still in occupation of New York City, General Washington moved approximately 8,000 Continental troops down the Hudson River from West Point by flat boat flotilla to create an encampment at the strategic Verplanck’s Point, New York.
Given the September 1782 date of the present check payable to Negro Tom, it seems likely to have been related to the supplying of the army at Verplanck's Point. Although we have been unable to identify Negro Tom, all material relating to the service of African Americans in the Revolutionary War is very scarce.
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