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This oval trunk plate is made of  copper alloy and inscribed with the name “Genl Washington.” It was attached to a trunk bought by Washington in Boston on April 4, 1776, not long after he took his position as general of the Continental Army. The trunk was used to safely store sensitive and important materials and correspondence during the Revolutionary War. The trunk was moved as part of his baggage throughout the war, possibly by his enslaved valet William Lee.

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