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Controversy Surrounding the Relative Rank Status of Generals Hamilton & Knox

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Source Name Image(s)
CollectionMaryland Historical Society: Robert Oliver Papers view image
CollectionMassachusetts Historical Society: John Adams Papers view image
MicrofilmJames McHenry Papers (no image)
Document Information
Date October 15, 1798
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name John Adams (primary)
Summary Among other topics, McHenry consults with the president regarding how to resolve the controversy as to who is the most senior general, Hamilton or Knox.
Document Format Letter Signed
Document Notes Cited in Adams to McHenry, 10/22/1798.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups John Adams; James McHenry; Generals Hamilton and Knox; officers for the new regiments; recruiting Service; Alexander Hamilton; Henry Knox; Secretary of War; President United States; George Washington; Senate; minister of war; ;
Related Places War Department; Europe; ;
Keywords seniority of rank; commissions for the three major generals; unpleasant circumstances; order of approval and nomination by the Senate; attendance of General Washington; military appointments; Army; provisioning the recruits and troops in the field; magazines and arsenals; branches of the military service; every government in Europe; state of warfare; censure; complaints; ardor of the country; attainment of soldiers; expedition; meeting of Congress; ; commission; relative rank; expenses; ;
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