Transcribe this: “We have alarms every day”

April 8th, 2015

In this letter dated May 6, 1791, Colonel David Sheppard writes to Secretary of War Henry Knox to inform him of the state of affairs in the Ohio country. Sheppard writes that he followed the orders he had received to have the militia leave the area, but tells Knox the number of soldiers they currently have “is not sufficient to the present emergency.” After the militia left, Indians attacked and killed several scouts, privates, and inhabitants of the region, and Sheppard is unsure of the exact number of casualties. Sheppard writes that “we have alarms every day.” Mentioning that Captain Kirkwood will be able to provide a better account of the situation, Sheppard notes that “we are without munitions and but few arms.”

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Community Transcription – Forty-Seven Months

April 1st, 2015

March was the forty-seventh month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription. We are still receiving regular requests for transcription accounts. Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for the month:

As of March 31, we had 2,155 users, with 36 new transcribers registered since the last update. Those volunteer transcribers have made 14,344 saves to War Department documents, which is about 120 additional edits since the last update. The average number of edits before a document is saved continues to be three. We have had 240,792 total page views.

Among those who signed up to transcribe in the last month were historians, retired members of the Armed Forces, university students, members of the Cherokee Nation, historical writers, and members of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Those who specified an interest or focus mentioned early American military history, the history of medicine, the funeral practices following the death of George Washington, and the Whiskey Rebellion.

As we continue to move forward with the project, individuals may still register for a transcription account.