Scope and arrangement
The journal of Continental Army officer Henry Dearborn (1 volume), kept from 1779 0ctober 28 to 1781 December 10, concerns troop movements in New York and New Jersey; war news and rumors; trips to New Hampshire on leave; his appointment as Deputy Quartermaster General in 1781 July; movement of the American army from New York to Yorktown, Virginia; the siege of Yorktown and its surrender 1781 October 19; his illness; quartermaster duties; and arrival at winter quarters in New York in December. The last few leaves of the volume contain Dearborn’s miscellaneous memoranda and accounts dated 1781 and 1782 May, including two medicinal recipes recorded at Williamsburg, Virginia.
The volume was also used by Jeremiah Wakefield of Pittston, Maine for accounts and writing exercises. Some are dated 1786 and 1789, the later text appearing after Dearborn’s 1781 December 10 entry. Beginning from the reverse end, with the volume turned around, are the bulk of Wakefield's writings dating from 1786 (these follow Dearborn’s memoranda and appear upside-down in the initial reading of the volume). Interspersed are a few accounts and notes in Dearborn’s hand which are unrelated to the war, dated 1785 and 1786 at Pittston.