Muster roll of the stewards, ward-masters, matrons, and nurses, employed in the hospital at Fort Wolcott, R.I., in the 2nd Military Department under the direction of William Turner, Fort Surgeon

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Muster roll of the stewards, ward-masters, matrons, and nurses, employed in the hospital at Fort Wolcott, R.I., in the 2nd Military Department under the direction of William Turner, Fort Surgeon

[Newport]: June 30, 1820. Printed pro-forma document accomplished in ink, oblong folio (approx. 10" x 16"), docketed as duplicate; previous folds; near fine. Signed by W. Turner and I. B. Crane, Major, Mustering Officer. May 1 to June 30, 1820. William Turner, U. S. Army surgeon, signed this muster roll of medical personnel while serving at Fort Wolcott in 1820. The names of three personnel include a steward, a matron and a nurse. Total payroll was $44.00 for the month. "We the subscribers, do hereby acknowledge to have received of Charles B. Tallmadge, Pay Master of the United States Light Artillery, the sum set opposite our names..." From about 1819 until 1825 Fort Wolcott, a fortification on the small Goat Island in Newport Harbor, was commanded by Captain (Brevet Major) Ichabod B. Crane (c. 1789 - 1857). Crane was appointed commander the First Artillery Regiment in 1843 and would serve in that capacity until his death in 1857. Crane shared the name of the protagonist of the famous story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" published by Washington Irving in 1820. As Crane was commissioned from the state of New York, where Irving lived, it is "probable" that Irving borrowed Crane's name when he wrote the story. In 1799, the town of Newport sold Goat Island to the federal government for $1,500 to build a military fort to defend the harbor. The fort was named Fort Wolcott, to commemorate the services of Rhode Island 's Revolutionary War governor, Oliver Wolcott. From 1794 until 1836 Fort Wolcott was usually garrisoned by a company of about 50 artillerymen and mounted about 30 cannon. Item #56081

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