Community Transcription: October 2017

November 1st, 2017

October 2017 marked the seventy-eighth month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and over five years after launch we still receive requests for transcriber accounts! Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for last month:

Thirty-two new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 3,010 as of October 31, 2017. The individuals who signed up in October mentioned an interest in the state militia units, the early US Navy, colonial Virginia, and Army uniforms.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding shipment of clothing for troops, estimate of the pay and forage of the troopsstocks sawed from dogwood, delay of Colonel Sargent’s stores, money forwarded, delivery, delivery of silver, Major Craig sends status report to Secretary of War, new certificate for payment, return of the legion of the United States, account information, instructions for mustering and paying troops, accountant office policy, request for information on the account of Captain Olie, clothing, stores, disbursements, pay problems, requests order of spirits for western military, provisions and transportation, murder of peaceful Indians, court martial at West Point, regarding Massachusetts troops to be raised, and regarding camp kettles and other supplies.

Our community of transcribers have added 788 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 21,849. Overall, we have had 757,143 page views.

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Community Transcription: September 2017

October 2nd, 2017

September 2017 marked the seventy-seventh month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and over five years after launch we still receive requests for transcriber accounts! Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for last month:

Twenty-one new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,978 as of September 30, 2017. The individuals who signed up in September mentioned an interest in the Cherokee nation, the Whiskey Rebellion, and Robert Elliot.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding returns for September & October 1798, funding and currency, estimate of pay & forage due the detachments, delivery of dispatches, estimate of cost to transport sundry stores from Philadelphia, request for arms, accounts and receipts enclosed, packets and letters addressed to Major Craig, general bookkeeping, and travel safety.

Our community of transcribers have added 105 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 21,061. Overall, we have had 740,905 page views.

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Community Transcription: August 2017

September 5th, 2017

August 2017 marked the seventy-sixth month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and over five years after launch we still receive requests for transcriber accounts! Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for last month:

Seventeen new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,957 as of August 31, 2017. The individuals who signed up in August mentioned an interest in Lamb’s regiment, the XYZ Affair, the Iroquois, and Wayne’s campaign.

Newly transcribed documents include: Knox informs Martin of appointment, letter to the commissioner of Army accounts, state’s charges against Becker, letter from James Seagrove to Timothy Bernard on Indian matters, delivery of marquees and tent poles, request for issue of rolled iron to Springfield Armory, request from North Carolina line, and circular instructions for naval constructors.

Our community of transcribers have added 93 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 20,956. Overall, we have had 733,762 page views.

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Community Transcription: July 2017

August 8th, 2017

July 2017 marked the seventy-fifth month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and over five years after launch we still receive requests for transcriber accounts! Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for last month:

Eighteen new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,940 as of July 31, 2017. The individuals who signed up in July mentioned an interest in the Battle of the Wabash/St. Clair’s defeat, the Georgia lowcountry, and Spanish Florida.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding a sorrel horse for the Wyandot chief, requests orders to lift goods from French schooner, immediate clothing for the recruiting service, kentledge to be transported to Philadelphia, description of quarto books for the Army, requests payment for Joseph Habersham, corrects cannonball dimensions for Secretary of the Treasury, and compensation for seizure of cattle.

Our community of transcribers have added 247 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 20,863. Overall, we have had 729,956 page views.

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Community Transcription: June 2017

July 5th, 2017

June 2017 marked the seventy-fourth month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and over five years after launch we still receive requests for transcriber accounts! Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for last month:

Five new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,922 as of June 30, 2017. The individuals who signed up in June mentioned an interest in the interactions between Native Americans and the federal government.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding bayonets to bayonet scabbard contractors for fitting, certificates due Mrs. Williams and John Jones, call for militia to defend the western territory, loss of faithful clerks, construction and insurrection, and strength of character, quality of pay.

Our community of transcribers have added 99 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 20,616. Overall, we have had 709,285 page views.

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Community Transcription: May 2017

June 5th, 2017

May 2017 marked the seventy-third month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and over five years after launch we still receive requests for transcriber accounts! Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for last month:

Twenty-one new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,917 as of May 31, 2017. These individuals who signed up in May mentioned an interest in people and topics such as Edward Boylston, Moses Hazen, Alien and Sedition Acts, and treaties with the Seneca Nation.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding explanation of departure from Washington as mourning for son’s death, death is still making havoc, two-thirds required to inflict the death penalty, circular letter requiring payment of balances, secretary of the state’s opinion regarding presidential power over officers’ commissions, supply of 24-pounder cannons, fortification expenditures for 1801, contract for iron ball and kentledge, claims of certain Canadian refugees, proclamation forbidding sale of lands west of Ohio River, and discussion of belligerent and neutral ships.

Our community of transcribers have added 158 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 20,517. Overall, we have had 704,415 page views.

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Community Transcription: April 2017

May 1st, 2017

April 2017 marked the seventy-second month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and over five years after launch we still receive requests for transcriber accounts! Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for last month:

Twenty-two new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,896 as of April 30, 2017. These individuals who signed up in April mentioned an interest in people and topics such as the history of the Cherokee Nation, John Jacob Ulrich Rivardi, Christopher Miller, the Whiskey Rebellion, Arthur St. Clair, and the Oneida nation.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding results from the negotiations with hostile Indians, companies ordered to join Virginia militia on the Ohio, information on Lieutenant Armstrong, no expeditions to Indian towns, Indian engagement and training, and comparing calvary systems. Transcribers also transcribed documents reflecting last month’s theme of the international affairs including: concerning the protection of Lafayette’s son and diplomatic relations with France, clothing and foreign relations, diplomatic relations with France, recommendations for informal war with France, speculation regarding the policies of the French directory, and rules of neutrality.

Our community of transcribers have added 147 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 20,359. Overall, we have had 700,076 page views.

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Community Transcription: March 2017

April 3rd, 2017

March 2017 marked the seventy-first month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and over five years after launch we still receive requests for transcriber accounts! Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for last month:

Twenty-four new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,874 as of March 31, 2017. These individuals who signed up in March mentioned an interest in people and topics such as the history of the Choctaw Nation, William Simmons, Kentucky Mounted Volunteers, Battle of Fallen Timbers, Joshua Humphreys,  Oconee War, and Georgia.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding procedures to charge stores, certification of payment, request for boring mill and bill of scantling, memorandum for Doctor Johnson, and estimate of money wanted for supplies for Georgia. Transcribers also transcribed documents reflecting last month’s theme of the military, including discussion of transportation of military stores from Rhode Island, general policy on southern frontier, concerning military stores and clothing, plans for providing and issuing military supplies, request for military regulations, account of Captain James Bruff, and shipment of paper and military stores.

Our community of transcribers have added 262 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 20,212. Overall, we have had 688, 521 page views.

For the month of April, we are encouraging our volunteers to transcribe documents relating to international affairs. The following documents mention this theme and are in need of transcription: response to inquires from John Adams regarding relations with France, activity with France, and intelligence report on relations between Spain and Britain.  Follow us on Twitter (@wardeptpapers) where we’ll be posting more documents in need of transcription throughout the month.

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Community Transcription: February 2017

March 1st, 2017

February 2017 marked the seventieth month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and over five years after launch we still receive requests for transcriber accounts! Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for last month:

Twenty new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,850 as of February 28, 2017. These individuals who signed up in February mentioned an interest in people and topics such as the Chickasaw nation, Chocktaw nation, Navy uniforms, and George Washington’s funeral.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding Caspar Iserloan’s woes, report on activity at Fort Harmar, and a list of proposed officer appointments. Transcribers also transcribed documents reflecting last month’s theme of borders and boundaries, including making permanent Indian boundary linesinstructions about Cherokee borders, a message to Indiansquestions regarding power to negotiate, instructions to the military commander in Tennessee, forwarding of extract from Jay’s Treaty, and a letter from Governor St. Clair on the county lieutenants.

Our community of transcribers have added 119 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 19,950. Overall, we have had 681,889 page views.

For the month of March, we are encouraging our volunteers to transcribe documents relating to the military. The following documents mention this theme and are in need of transcription:  shipment of paper and military stores, nation’s resistance to a large military, and a plan for providing and issuing military supplies. Follow us on Twitter (@wardeptpapers) where we’ll be posting more documents in need of transcription throughout the month.

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Community Transcription: January 2017

February 1st, 2017

January 2017 marked the sixty-ninth month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and over five years after launch we still receive requests for transcriber accounts! Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for last month:

Twenty new transcribers signed up last month which brings the total number of transcribers up to 2,830 as of January 31, 2017. These individuals who signed up in January mentioned an interest in people and topics such as Fort Rensselaer, Fort Plain, Marinus Willett, Mohawk Indians, French Broad Rivers, and pilot boat schooners.

Newly transcribed documents include ones regarding discussion of the removal of the War Office, Israel Chapin’s speech to the Six Nations, transportation of military stores from Rhode Island, Knox invited to a ceremony for the president, relief for veterans, transportation of ammunition, and requesting a travel journal of western lands. Transcribers also transcribed documents reflecting last month’s theme of illness including illness update, delay for Captain Simkins, leave of absence due to illness, silence on sending accounts due to illness, personal letter on illness, illness of General Wayne, and caring for sick at Fort McHenry.

Our community of transcribers have added 157 transcribed pages to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 19,831. Overall, we have had 672,379 page views.

For the month of February, we are encouraging our volunteers to transcribe documents relating to borders and boundaries. The following documents mention this theme and are in need of transcription: the Florida boundary mission of Isaac Guion, appointment of commissioners to survey US boundaries with Creeks, Chickasaws, and Cherokees, and enforcement of the Treaty of Madrid. Follow us on Twitter (@wardeptpapers) where we’ll be posting more documents in need of transcription throughout the month.

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