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 »

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Application for Aid by Refugees from Canada

Document from Lewis Frederick Delesdernier to Congressional Commissioners

This petition recounts the travails of the de Lesderniers, who are seeking financial assistance for hardships. The author writes on behalf of the his parents, Gideon and Mary de Lesdernier.