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Proposed Plans & Preparations for Raising 12 New Regiments of Infantry

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Source Name Image(s)
CollectionMaryland Historical Society: Stephen Raphel Papers view image
CollectionMassachusetts Historical Society: John Adams Papers (no image)
CollectionLibrary of Congress: MMC, McHenry, James (no image)
MicrofilmJames McHenry Papers (no image)
Document Information
Date August 4, 1798
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name John Adams (primary)
Summary McHenry states that the provisions for raising the 12 new regiments of infantry will be too time-consuming if orchestrated from one central location; proposes that 3 districts be created for this purpose. Adams (with the help of Generals Knox and Brooks) will handle New England; McHenry will take care of the states between New York and Maryland, and Washington will take care of Virginia and all states south. Anticipates the raising of 4 regiments in each district. Proposes officers for regimental command. Asks permission to delegate some responsibilities to General Knox and the Inspector General among the myriad tasks of organizing, equipping and regulating all the new troops. Relates that he is pressing for the production of new muskets at Springfield as quickly as possible; for now he recommends that government muskets be kept for federal use, and not loaned out to volunteer companies. Also notes that a large outbreak of yellow fever has occurred in Philadelphia, and anticipates the removal of the public offices to Trenton.
Document Format Letterbook Copy
Document Notes 3 COLLECTIONS: one with multiple (increasingly illegible) copies, two without images. DEII Candidacy: a very significant communication regarding general mobilization of land forces for the Quasi-War.
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Related Persons/Groups John Adams; James McHenry; regiments of Infantry; General Henry Knox; Brigadier General Brooks; General George Washington; officers; Lemuel Trescot; David Cobb; William Hill; Jeremiah Olney; Henry Sherburne; William Peck; Henry Dearborn; Nicholas Gilman; Mr. Tracy; Colonel Talmadge; Elijah Wadsworth; Volunteer Companies; Inspector General; ;
Related Places War Department; Vermont; New York; Pennsylvania; New Jersey; Delaware; Maryland; Southern States; Eastern States; New Hampshire; Rhode Island, Connecticut; Massachusetts; Virginia; Kentucky; North Carolina; Tennessee; South Carolina; Georgia; Litchfield; Springfield; Trenton; ;
Keywords organizing the troops; emergency; arrangements; recruiting; list of all officers; rank; duties; management; secretary; applications; arms; yellow fever; ;
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