Transcribe This: Confidential Act of Congress

October 22nd, 2015

This letter from Henry Knox to Beverley Randolph, Governor of Virginia, was written on March 10, 1791, and concerns confidential information resulting from Congress’s deliberations on protecting the frontier.

Knox writes to the Governor that an act has been proposed for “raising, and adding another regiment to the military establishment of the United States and for making further provision for the protection of the frontiers.” Knox requests that he does not let this information “out of your possession” since it has yet to be published through the proper channels. The government has not finished making arrangements necessary for the Act to be implemented, but the President has “authorized an expedition against the Wabash indians.” The troops will be raised in Kentucky and are to be made up of no more than seven hundred and fifty mounted volunteers who will be under the command of Brigadier General Charles Scott. John Brown is in charge of making the preparations.

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Community Transcription – Fifty-Three Months

October 5th, 2015

September was the fifty-third month since we opened the War Department archives to community transcription, and we continue to receive regular requests for transcriber accounts. Here is a snapshot of transcription activity for the month:

Seventy-seven new transcribers signed up last month, and as of September 30, the total number of transcribers was 2,362. These new transcribers included members of historical societies, historians, librarians, and a large number of university students.

The individuals who signed up to transcribe in September mentioned an interest in people and topics such as Abraham KirkpatrickCreek Indians, the Hopewell Treaties, patents, and the Western frontier.

Transcribed documents include correspondence regarding scouts and settlers killed by Indians, the appointment of Colonel Martin, Indian attacks on the Ohio RiverMiami hostilities, the protection of counties on the frontier, and negotiations with Indians. Special thanks to students in Professor Bizri’s War and American Society class for transcribing a large number of documents.

Our community of transcribers have added 244 edits to War Department documents, with the total number of saves being 15,579. Overall, we have had 283,758 page views.

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