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Guide to the John Sands papers 1974.064

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Matthew Gorham

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 02, 2015
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Additional processing by John Zarrillo  , November 2015

Descriptive Summary

Creator - Compiler: Onderdonk, Henry, 1804-1886
Creator: Sands, John, 1737-1811
Title: John Sands papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1728-1776
Abstract: The papers primarily document Sands' tenure as a Colonel in General George Washington's army during the American Revolution.
Quantity: 1.3 linear feet in 94 folders and one oversize folder
Text [Box]: OS-30
Text [Box]: A0021
Call Phrase: 1974.064
Sponsor: This collection was processed and described as part of the project, "Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn's 19th Century Past: Creation to Consolidation," funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, with additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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Biographical note

John Sands (1737-1811) was a farmer living on the Cow Neck Peninsula of Long Island at the outbreak of the American Revolution, in which he took an active role. Sands was appointed a Colonel in George Washington's army and was charged with enlisting recruits to guard the north and south shores of Long Island and watch for the approach of British naval vessels. In August 1776, Colonel Sands lead his company to the American camp in Brooklyn where they took part in the Battle of Long Island and the subsequent American retreat.

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Scope and Contents note

The John Sands papers span the period 1728 to 1776 and measure 1.3 linear feet. The papers primarily document Sands' tenure as a Colonel in General George Washington's army during the American Revolution. Included in the papers are correspondence between Sands and other military officers; lists of soldiers recruited by Sands; lists of orders and rules issued by Sands to his troops; payroll lists for Sands' troops; and copies of two newspapers from New York and Boston, MA, respectively.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Sands, John, 1737-1811

Document Type

  • Correspondence
  • Muster rolls
  • Payroll records

Subject Topics

  • Long Island, Battle of, New York, N.Y., 1776
  • Soldiers -- New York (State)

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Long Island (N.Y.) |x History |y Revolution, 1775-1783
  • United States |x History |y Revolution, 1775-1783

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Related Archival Materials note

The Brooklyn Historical Society owns the Sands family papers (ARC.096), which contains additional information about the family of John Sands. Please contact the Othmer Library staff for more information on this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Henry Onderdonk, 1885.

Processing Information note

Minimally processed to the collection level.

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