Recently transcriber Dapperlaw transcribed a document that reveals a little more about life on the American frontier. Also, we get a quick look at some of the War Department’s responsibilities with respect to protection of American citizens.
Specifically, the letter from 1795 details a payment made from the War Department to be issued to scouts working in the Woodford County, Kentucky region. For the 18 month period beginning April 1793, scouts were to be paid $697.17. The payments are explicitly meant to be “for the protection of Woodford County.”
Read the original document here.
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