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Winter quarters somewhere in the vicinity of the Potomac...

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PublicationSyrett, Harold C., ed. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 Vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 1961-87. (no image)
Document Information
Date September 23, 1799
Author Name Alexander Hamilton (primary) Location: New York
Recipient Name Thomas Parker (primary)
Summary Hamilton explains his requirements for the location of winter quarters for the 8th, 9th, and 10th Regiments which he wants to be in the vicinity of the Potmac River near Harpers Ferry. He prefers to purchase the necessary land and stresses the need for dispatch due to the lateness of the season.
Document Format Autograph Draft Document
Document Notes Cited in Hamilton to Washington, 09/23/1799.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Thomas Parker; Alexander Hamilton; Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Regiments in winter quarters somewhere in the vicinity of the Potomac and near Harpers Ferry; General Pinckney; Secretary of War [McHenry]; Quartermaster's Department not being yet organized; Commander in Chief [Washington]; ;
Related Places New York; Rhode Island; Federal City; Virginia; ;
Keywords hut; winter; wood for hutting; food; health of the troops; good water; terms upon which each spot may be purchased or hired; purchase will probably be most convenient; recruiting service; ;
Key Phrases the plan is to hut the troops during the present winter [which is] extremely conducive to comfort as well as convenience; a situation is to be sought where there will be proper wood for hutting and plenty of food; it must be airy, elevated, and dry so as to secure the health of the troops; [it] must command an ample supply of good water; about eighty acres will suffice; it is find more than one spot and even to extend the inquiry lower down the Potomac towards the Federal City but on the Virginia side; you will make arrangements for the care of the recruiting service in your absence; the late period of the searson renders dispatch indispensable;

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