Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Northwestern Army's Tool Shed

Building the National Road with similar tools.


When the Northwest Army left Fort Meigs in the Autumn of 1813, it left behind a respectable inventory of hand tools which had been used to build the fort, maintain equipment, and even cook meals with. This is one list that I found in the papers of General Duncan McArthur:

At Fort Meigs, Nov. 30 1813

139 Camp Kettles

268 Tin pans

24 Pots

104 Pack saddles

331 Bags

86 Common tents

24 Wall tents

12 sets Tent poles

257 Canteens

8 kegs of nails

1 Box small axes

10 cross cut whip saws

1 Box of Buttons

174 Horse collars

62 Blind bridles

191 pairs of (Hames?)

165 Belts, chains and Hipstraps

25 Pairs of stretchers

5 Travelling Forges

21 Waggons

114 Pair Doubletrees

357 Felling axes

11 Drawing knives

18 Broad (adzes?)

2 coopers adzes

8 foot (edges?)

9 Broad axes

20 Mattocks

16 spades and shovels

4 Boxes old Iron

5 (illg)

5 Scythes

4 ox chains

4 Large Kettles

15 Skillets 13 Dutch Ovens

4 Ox yokes

4 Large Ropes

6 Small Ropes