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Orders Relative to the Protection of Frontier Inhabitants

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CollectionNational Archives and Records Administration: Post Revolutionary War Papers, RG94 view image
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Date April 10, 1790
Author Name Henry Knox (primary)
Recipient Name Henry Burbeck (primary)
Summary Knox gives Captain Burbeck detailed orders relative to his mission to Georgia to protect the frontier inhabitants of that state. He urges particular care in Burbeck's relations with the state government of Georgia and with the neighboring Spanish garrison.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Burbeck; Henry Knox; Creek Indians; recruits at West Point; President [Washington]; Governor of Georgia [Telfair]; Militia of the State of Georgia; runaway negroes; Spanish soldiers; guards to be daily mounted on your sloop; Secretary of the Treasury [Hamilton]; Mr. Habersham of Savannah; contractors; ;
Related Places West Point; Savannah River; Georgia; St. Marys, southern boundary of the United States; Spanish garrison; ;
Keywords rounds for the cannon; entrenching tools; block houses; barracks; boats for river transportation; three month's provisions; medicines; hospital stores; two month's full pay; Sloop "Rambler"; fair wind; Brig "States General"; formidable invasion; healthy situation for the encampment of your company; your cannon and stores; disembarkation of the troops and stores; water casks; boards; support for your fortifications; works necessary for your security; line of pallisades; timber; earth; block houses; sketches of works; defenses against Indian attacks; magazines for ammunition; hostile dispositions; exemplary punishment; voyage; habitual and soldierly vigilance; importance of economy; disobedience to your orders; corporal punsihment; contracts to supply rations and provisions; public horse; express; danger; vouchers; triplicate receipts; artillery; baggage; details of training and disciplining your company; your talents and judgement; barrels of your provisions; ;
Key Phrases The main object of your station will be to protect the frontier inhabitants from the incursions of the Creek Indians; you will on all occasions apprehend runaway negroes and direct them to be returned to their masters; Being in the vicinity of the Spanish garrison, you will embrace all opportunities of evincing the most cordial friendship to that nation; Your camp and fortifications must be guarded against the possibility of a surprise either by Indians or any set of men whatever; You must impress it as a maxim on your officers that to be surprised is to be disgraced forever; should keep a public horse for the purpose of of sending expresses to inform the inhabitants of danger; You are yourself to observe the greatest respect for the civil authority of the state [Georgia];

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