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Instructions to General Wilkinson Concerning the Administration & Disposition of the Army

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Date March 22, 1797
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Office
Recipient Name James Wilkinson (primary)
Summary Gives instructions for General Wilkinson concerning the Army, including the following subjects: evacuating some frontier posts in order to fill others; the occupation of Spanish forts in Natchez and the Walnut Hills once the Spanish have withdrawn; the distribution of troops so that "no important post is without some part of the Corps of Artillerists & Engineers;" the equipping of dragoons; a proposal for a "Citadel" at Michilimackinac [now Mackinaw City, Michigan]; frontier troops regulations, now in production; the prosecution of fraudulent men within the pay system; the maintenance of military stores; provisions; troop discipline; the maintenance of frontier forts & works; regulations for officers' duties, among other things to keep them from using the "soldiers as servants;" the allowed ratio of women [presumably as camp followers] to men in the army; cost estimates for the army to the government; the distribution of Indian stipends; and the situation of Wilkinson's headquarters.
Document Format Letterbook
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Related Persons/Groups James Wilkinson; James McHenry;
Related Places War Office; ;
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