Joseph Trumbull went on to serve as the first Commissary-General of the Continental Army. On July 19, 1775, Congress, "Resolved, That Joseph Trumbull be commissary-general of stores and provisions for the army of the United Colonies." He was appointed "Commissary-General with the rank of Colonel for the Continental army."
Throughout the Public Records of both the Colony and State of Connecticut, and the Journal of the Council of Safety, there are numerous references, such as the following from May 1775.
"Resolved by this Assembly, That there be provided . . . . ; one thousand and ninety-eight iron pots that will contain about ten quarts each, unless a number of tin kettles are already provided, in which case the number of pots be reduced to the number that will remain after deducting said kettles: but if the number of pots cannot be procured, then the defect to be supplied with tin kettles; and one thousand and ninety-eight pails; two brass kettles that will contain from eight to twelve gallons for the use of each company; two thousand and five hundred wooden bowls in the whole; four frying-pans for the use of each company; six thousand quart runlets; . . ."
The following photos of 18th century cooking were taken during the past 24 years of Revolutionary War events throughout New England.
I am happy to report that the Connecticut SAR Living History/Color Guard Program is still going strong today!
Revolutionary War Encampments/Reenactments
225th Anniversary Reenactment of the British Invasion at Black Rock Fort (July 5, 1779)
June 26, 2004
North Sutton, New Hampshire