I'm looking for certain artillery information in the East Florida Papers (EFP), which are accessible to the public in the form of no fewer than 175 reels of microfilm at the various institutions with copies, including the Library of Congress, near me.
I would greatly appreciate it if anyone who has used the EFP and has advice, would contact me or post advice here. I've used the EFP once or twice but have always been a bit intimidated by the huge volume of material.
It would be great if someone had gone through and boiled down, or sub-indexed all the sections pertaining to military matters as that would save me a lot of time.
I've found a good online "card" index to the papers at:
The cards alone are quite informative, as they are in Engish for the most part, and summarize the document they index. I was surprised at how granular the informaton is when I read over many of the cards that came up in my search.
For example, any cannon shot heard at any Spanish installation apparently required a letter to be generated to document and explain it. In another letter, an officer reports that the powder loaded in a cannon is old and no good, and the cannon should be unloaded and washed out, then reloaded. The local troops answered in a subsequent letter that they fired the cannon, then reloaded it, to comply (?) with orders.
There are quite a few cards I found using keywords such as "cannon" and "artillery" using the search engine at the link above.
A general description of the EFP as well as contents of the various sections of the papers are described as to topic and timeframe in the Library of Congress finding aid at:
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