Suggested Improvements for the Military

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PublicationMessage from the President of the United States, accompanying A Report to Him, from the Secretary of War, of the 24th instant, relative to the Military Establishment. N.p. (no image)
PublicationLowrie, Walter and St. Clair Clarke, Matthew, eds. American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States, Military Affairs. 38 Vols. Washington, DC: Gales and Seaton, 1832. (no image)
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Date June 28, 1798
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name Samuel Sewall (primary)
Summary Extract from a longer letter. McHenry lays out reasons why it would benefit the armed forces for the officers to receive education on certain aspects, and suggests hiring teachers for specific subjects. He suggest raising the pay of cadets and the establishment of an Inspector of Artillery to correct the deficient state of ordnance in the nation.
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Related Persons/Groups Samuel Sewall; James McHenry; Congress; Committee of Defense; artillerists and engineers; engineers; teachers; President; cadets; proper masters; sergeants; inspector of artillery; ordnance department; ;
Related Places War Department; foundries; ;
Keywords Act provided for raising and organizing a corps of artillerists and engineers; books, instruments, and apparatus; supplementary means of instruction; absolutely indispensable; degree of knowledge; arts and sciences; art of fortification; expense to the public; body of qualified and scientific engineers; arithmetic; geometry; mechanics; hydraulics; designing; just plan or chart; design of a fortification; proportion of machines used in war; topography; conduct water from one place to another; provision; employment of teachers; sciences; nursery; pay of cadets; rations; consideration; respectable dress; ordnance of our country; season of difficulty and necessity; defective guns; length, weight, and caliber; variance; proper ammunition; stores; apparatus; carriages; military service; injurious delays; defect of knowledge; proper system; regulations; contracts; cannon; military undertakings; infant navy; visit foundries; examine ordnance; direct the dimensions of gun carriages and implements; order proper moulds; salary; scientific and experienced inspector; ;
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