Fire destroyed the War Department office in 1800. For decades historians believed that its files, and the window they provide into the early federal government, had been lost forever. This collection unites copies of the lost files in a digital archive that reconstitutes this invaluable historical resource. Read more about the restoration of the collection »

Featured Item

Health Care for Indian Prisoners

Letter from Dr. Charles Brown to James McHenry

Army Surgeon Dr. Charles Brown complains to Secretary of War James McHenry that he was promised compensation for his many services providing medical care for the Indian prisoners, including renting a house for their care, and has yet to be paid. “Unfortunately for this country and me [General Wayne] died soon after and I have heard nothing further on the subject of compensation--”