Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Boxes of Candy for the Front: 1813

From Eseray, Logan ed. Messages and Letters of William Henry Harrison Vol. II: 1812-1816, (Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Commission, 1922).

I met a descendent of John Piatt last week. She had heard that John was involved with the war somehow as a supplier for the troops in Ohio, but was never entirely repaid by the government for his expenses and spent some time in debtor's prison. Note how many boxes of candy the NW Army had on hand...

Edit: A quick search on the Oxford English Dictionary website reveals that candy was a common term for what we would call rock sugar, or crystalline sugar. Such a form of sugar would have been easy to ship via keelboat, wagon, and pack horse trains.