WILLIAMSBURG, August 9, 1776.
The building of a sufficient number of WOODEN BARRACKS to hold 1000 troops, also of a large STABLE for the horses belonging to the army, will be let to the lowest bidder on SATURDAY the 17th instant, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, before the Raleigh tavern. WILLIAM FINNIE, D. Q. M. G.
Virginia Gazette (Purdie) August 9, 1776
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Troops had been gathering in Williamsburg since the beginning of hostilities. The Council ordered that "Barracks for the Continental Army stationed here to be bilt on that Part of the park, which the Governor lately gave up for the use of the Troops; as a Measure, at once more agreeable to the Inhabitants of Willialliamsburg, and in the Opinion of this Board less expensive to the Continent than renting of Houses for that Purpose." Barracks were being built by mid-October of 1776.
Sources: Humphrey Harwood Acct bk, Folio I, Official Letters of the Governors of VA, Vol 1, p 25