William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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Nathaniel Perry Drill Book, 1751
Meg Hixon, August 2011
Nathaniel Perry drill book
Perry, Nathaniel, 1713-1756
The Nathaniel Perry drill book contains instructions for several military drills performed by the Massachusetts Militia in the 1750s.
The material is in English
William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
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Nathaniel Perry Drill Book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
Nathaniel Perry was born on July 2, 1713, in Sandwich, Massachusetts, the son of Benjamin Perry. He married Mehitable Willis (née Leonard) in 1736, and soon thereafter moved to Easton, Massachusetts. He received a commission from Governor Shirley in the Massachusetts Militia in 1754, and served as a captain under Colonel John Winslow. Perry saw action during the French and Indian War and fought at the Battle of Fort Cumberland in 1755. Following the surrender of the fort, Perry's unit remained in Nova Scotia, where he died of illness on June 15, 1756. Perry had several children, including Nathaniel Perry, Jr., and Samuel Perry, both of whom served with their father at Fort Cumberland.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Nathaniel Perry drill book (4" x 6.5", 25 pages) contains 17 pages of instructions for several military drills performed by the Massachusetts Militia in the 1750s and 8 pages of an unknown author's exercises in writing letters of the alphabet.
- "Eight Entire Several Doublings with their Reducements"
- "Eight Several Countermarches with their Reducements"
- "Eight Entire Doublings by Wheeling with there [ sic ] Reducement"
- "Ten Several Wheelings with their Reducement"
- "Of Ranks Wheeling to the Midst of files"
- "Twelve Several Countermarches with there [ sic ] Reducements"
- "The following Exercise is to be Performed with four files Six deep"
- "Thirty Several words of Command of Inversion and Conversion"
- Infantry drill and tactics.
- Massachusetts. Militia--History--18th century.
Additional Descriptive Data
Cutter, William Richard. New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievement of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation. Volume 3. Clearfield: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.
Montgomery, Alvin E. Ancestry and Descendants of Nathaniel Perry, Jr. (Capt. Nathaniel, Benjamin, Ezra) in Massachusetts, New York, and Wisconsin.