Monday, August 1, 2011

Fort Trumbull Working Party, AAR, Monday, 06/27/11

In a message dated 6/28/2011 1:06:32 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
Lt. General U. S. Grant
All Federal Armies

Brig. Gen. Burbank
New England Brigade

Major D. Erickson
Commandant (acting);
U. S. Corps of Topographical Engineers

I beg your kind indulgence to make my Chief Engineer's Report on the
subject activity in New London, CT. The work party was scheduled for
10:00 A.M. this morning and at 8:00 A.M. I visited the Engineer's
supply store in New London for some last minutes needed materials. At
9:30 A.M. we arrived at home to find that Captain Ray Germain and Lady
Germain were waiting at my home. We set up the tools needed and
brought forth two metal shelving stands to repair, strengthen, and
relieve them of their accumulated rust, and then give them a coat of

By 11:30 we had completed work on the two shelving stands, and Sgt.
Proctor arrived ready for the working party as he works nights and
usually comes about this time. With him, he brought a refurbished
display case which had been donated previously to the fort. The
restoration was really an excellent job of refinishing and that
display case now has a prominent place in the Engineer's Mess and

With The Sgts. arrival we pulled two more shelving stands from my
garage where they have been stored and in another hour or so had
completed all work on the four stands. We then loaded the four stands
and the display case on three wagons and drove over to New London to
deliver the to the fort storage area, together with the previously
purchased cloth curtains and shelving cover material

We unloaded the four stands from the three wagons into the Fort
storeroom, together with the previous lumber and fasteners purchased
to replace the used material in making rifle boxes at a previous work
party. The cloth, shelf covers, display case and fasteners were
placed in the closet in the engineer's mess and bedroom.

When we had finished all the work, we adjourned the work party and
went to enjoy a nice lunch at our favorite restaurant.

Your Most Humble and Enduring Servant;

Very Respectfully;

Ian McKay, Brig. Gen. of Engineers (by brevet);
Chief Engineer
Chief of Staff (acting)
Lt. Gen. U. S. Grant's Military and Personal Staffs

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