The Fink orderly books (2 volumes) were kept by the captain, and later lieutenant, of the 13th United States Infantry, headquartered at Sackets Harbor, New York, during the War of 1812.
The first volume consists of "Rules with Regard to Recruiting," forms to use for the commander, orders issued to new recruits from the Broadway Quarters in 1812, accounts of bounties and premiums for Captain Fink’s recruits (April 17-June 30, 1812), and accounts of clothing and provisions for enlistees (1813-1814). In the middle of the book is a copy of three verses of a Civil War era song entitled Manassas, attributed to J.A. of 12th Ohio Regiment and published by the Tobacco Factory, in Richmond, 1861.
The second volume contains regimental, brigade, and general orders, from Sackets Harbor (February 6-May 12, 1815); "Morning Reports" that register promotions, enlistment, reductions, absenteeism, desertions, and deaths, as well as miscellaneous receipts (January-April, 1815); and provision returns (January-April, 1815).