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Source:
History of Berks County, Pennsylvania
 in the Revolution from 1774 to 1783,

by Morton L. Montgomery,
Vols. I & II,
publ. Reading, PA: Chas. F. Haage, Printer, Seventh and Court Streets,
1894

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BOOK I. - REVOLUTION
INTRODUCTION 17 - 18
CHAPTER I. - CAUSE OF THE REVOLUTION 19 - 21
CHAPTER II. - PATRIOTIC SPIRIT OF THE COUNTY 23 - 38
  - Public Meeting at Reading, July 2, 1774; Resolutions Adopted; Committee Appointed
- Provincial Conference, July 15, 1774
- Congress of Deputies, Sept. 4, 1774
- Committee of Observation Chosen at Public Meeting, Dec. 5, 1774
- Delegates to Provincial Convention Appointed, Jan. 2, 1775
- Letters to Lancaster Committee
- Circular Letter as to Wool
- Resolutions of Provincial Convention
- Battle at Lexington Awakens County
- Conscientious Scruples Against War
- First Officers Selected from County by Council of Safety
- German to the Rescue
- Population and Districts of County in 1776
 
CHAPTER III. - ASSOCIATORS 39 - 42
  - Counties of Pennsylvania in 1775
- Recommendation of Congress
- County Colonels of Associators
- Preamble to Articles of Association
- County Committee Recommends Articles
 
CHAPTER IV. - INDEPENDENCE OF THE PROVINCE 45 - 55
  - Suppression of British Authority
- Support of Civil Authority by the County
- Provincial Conference, June, 1776; Deputies from County; Address; Declaration of Independence; Address for Flying Camp
- Declaration of Independence by Congress; Read in County, July 8, 1776
- Constitutional Convention of the Province; County Delegates Elected; Preamble to Constitution; Declaration of Rights.
 
CHAPTER V. - MILITIA SYSTEM 56 - 74
  - System Provided by General Assembly
- County Returns for 1775
- County Returns for 1776; Delegates from County to Lancaster Convention, July 4, 1776
- County Returns for 1777
- New System Provided, June 13, 1777; Oath of Allegiance Required; County Districts Established; Battalions, Companies and Classes; Pay and Rations; Days of Drill; Fines; Pensions; Persons Exempted from Service; Oaths Administered in the County
- Counties Returns for 1778
- County Returns for 1780
- County Returns for 1783.
 
CHAPTER VI. - COMPANIES FROM COUNTY IN THE REVOLUTION  - PARTIALLY DONE 75 - 150
  In 1775.
Nagel's Company at Cambridge; Roll of Company; Services of Company

In 1776
- Jones's Company in Canada Campaign; Roll of Company; Services of Company
- Companies at New York;
- Of Captains John Spohn, Peter Decker and Henry Christ; Services of Companies
- Lotz's Battalion in Flying Camp; Field and Commissioned Officers; Letter of Standing Committee to Congress; Intentions of Congress Explained; County Troops at Bethlehem; Marching Order to Capt. Daniel DeTurck; Roll of Company; Order to Organize; Battle of Long Island; Incidents of Hiester's Company
- Weiser's Company in the German Regiment; Roll of Company; Services of Company; Other Men from County in the Regiment
- County Troops at South Amboy; Battalion of Col. John Patton; Field Officers of Battalion; Companies of Captains John Lesher, Michael Wolf, George Miller and Michael Furrer; Battalion of Col. Mark Bird; Letter to Council of Safety; Resolution of Congress
- Haller's Battalion near Trenton; Letter to Council of Safety; Resolution of Council of Safety.

In 1777
- Hunter's Battalion in New Jersey; Letter of Col. Daniel Brodhead; Resolution of Council of Safety; Letter from Gen'l Israel Putnam
- Three Companies at Newtown; Letter of Gen'l Thomas Mifflin; Companies of Captains George Will, John Diehl and Nicholas Scheffer
- County Men of Continental Line; Companies of Captains Jacob Moser and Jacob Bower; Sundry Enlistments: Captains,   Subalterns and Privates
- Two Battalions at Chester, Commanded by Hunter and Udree
- Spyker's Battalion at White Marsh;
- Lieutenant Whitman Wounded at Germantown
- Washington's Army near the County
- Troops Encamped at Kurztown
- No British Invasion of County

In 1778
- Dragoons from the County in Provost Guard; Company of Capt. Bartholomew Von Heer
- Lindemuth's Battalion on the Frontiers.

In 1780
- Hiester's Battalion with Reed's Army; Field Officers; Companies of Captains Charles Gobin, Ferdinand Ritter, Conrad Sherman, - John Ludwig, Jacob Baldy and Henry Strouch; Selections from the 3rd Battalion
- Two Companies of Ely's Battalion in the Frontier Service; Inhabitants Killed by the Indians.

In 1781
- Class of Lindemuth's Battalion on the Frontiers
- Ely's Battalion at Newtown; Company of Capt. John Robinson
- Capt. Jacob Livingood's Company

In 1782
- County Troops on the Frontiers; Robinson's Company in Northumberland County; Sundry Troops Supplied.
- Other Enlistments from the County; Names of Men Ascertained
- Army Surgeons from the County; Hospitals at Reading
- Reports of Men Supplied from the County - Payments for County Militia.

 
CHAPTER VII. - PRISONERS OF WAR AT READING 151 - 167
  - English Prisoners; Letter from Committee to Delegates in Congress; Conduct of Prisoners; Letter from James Read to Council of Safety; Quaker Prisoners from Philadelphia; Company of Capt. Conrad Geist on Guard Duty
- Hessian Prisoners' Letter by Council of Safety about Removal of Prisoners of Reading; Camp Located on Commons; Camp Surprised by Militia in Disguise of Indians; Officer Drowned; Sickness and Burial of Hessians
- German Prisoners; Company of Capt. Charles Krause on Guard Duty; Additional Men as Guard; Continental Troops as Guard; County Militia as Guard; Order of Council of Safety; Company of Capt. Peter Nagel on Guard Duty.
 
CHAPTER VIII. - ESTIMATE OF MEN IN SERVICE 168 - 173
  - For the Years 1775, 1776, 1777, 1778, 1780, 1781 and 1782
- Recapitulation
- Names of Captains Ascertained
- Names of Colonels Ascertained.
 
CHAPTER IX. - ARMY SUPPLIES FROM THE COUNTY 174 - 189
  - Store House at Reading
- Reports of Supplies Manufactured
- Reports of Supplies Collected
- Supplies taken in Oley in 1778
- Masts for the United States Navy
- Receipt Book of Col. Nicholas Lotz
- Prominent Industries; Names and Location of Furnaces and Forges; Iron Masters; Other Industries
- Prices during the Revolution
- Pay of Men in Service
- Continental Paper Money
 
CHAPTER X. - PROCLAMATIONS FOR THE FAVOR OF GOD 190 - 193
  - First Recommendation of Congress for Prayer
- Appeal for Support in Warfare
- Proclamation Issued by Executive Council
- Observance by County.
 
CHAPTER XI. - COUNTY INCUMBENTS OF POSITIONS 194 - 197
  - National Positions
- State Positions
- County Positions
 
CHAPTER XII. - AFFAIRS AT READING 198 - 204
  - Public Papers Removed from Philadelphia
- Social Condition in 1777
- Conway Cabal supposed at Reading
- Duel at Reading
- Pre-Revolutionary Buildings at Reading
 
CHAPTER XIII - CONCLUSION 205 - 208
  - Independent and Peace
- Return of the Soldiers
- Revolutionary Survivors in 1823; in 1840; in 1846
 
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