The difficult portage at Skowhegan. Colburn has been blamed for the "heavy" and "bad" construction of the bateaux ordered by Washington and Arnold. Colburn had just two weeks to fill the order including supplying maps, scouts and food for the 1100 man army. Green wood was used as there was no dried lumber to be found in September of 1775. Colburn was never paid for the bateaux and fought Congress for the money until his death in 1818, the family until 1856, when a resolution was passed, denying forever, payment of Revolutionary claims. The prominence of the claim and the Congress's assertion that its validity was "doubtful" is an alarming statement of arrogance from elected officials.