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Washington Crossing the Delaware. H. Phelps, c1833
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
Local Revolutionary History 
Compiled by Phyllis D’Autrechy 

By the close of the American Revolution there were many people throughout New Jersey who had suffered property damage as both British and Continental forces crisscrossed the State. They submitted claims for these damages to the Legislature, but there is no record that they were ever reimbursed. One of the injured parties was Richard Slack who was managing the ferry on the Jersey side of the Delaware River where Washington crossed on Christmas night, 1776. He submitted the following inventory and testimony as his claim.
"Inventory of the loss and damage Richard Slack sustained by the Continental Troops in December 1776.

1 Battoe
1 fIatt with the oars & irons
1 young mare 3 years old with saddle & bridle
1 worster quilt
1 pr. linnen breeches                  Total 49£ 17/ 6P 

Richard Slack being duly sworn deposeth & say that 
the above inventory is Just and true to the best of his knowledge and that he hath not directly or indirectly received any pay or compensation for the same or 
any part thereof. 

Sworn to 19 September 1782.
Signed Richard Slack "


Daniel Slack testified that he "saw the troops in the service of the United States take down the river the flat & battoe charged in the above inventory" and "verily believes the said troops took the quilt & breeches charged as aforesaid.”

Joseph Insley being duly sworn “deposeth & say he saw a man in the possession of a mare" and "appeared to him to be an officer in the American Army which mare he supposed to be the property of Richard Slack & believes here to be the same charged in the above inventory.”


Sources: Damages by the Americans in New Jersey, 1776-1782.
                 Deposited at the Bureau of Archives and History, New   
                 Jersey State Library, Trenton, New Jersey. 

Compiled by Phyllis D’Autrechy 
Published in HVHS Newsletter Volume I, No.1, October 1978