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Circular to the Lieutenants of the Counties to Cease Use of Scouts

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Source Name Image(s)
CollectionIndiana Historical Society Library: Northwest Territory Coll., M367 view image
PublicationLowrie, Walter and St. Clair Clarke, Matthew, eds. American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. 38 Vols. Washington, DC: Gales and Seaton, 1832. (no image)
Document Information
Date July 17, 1790
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: War Office
Recipient Name [not available]
Summary Letter from Henry Knox, Secretary of War, to the lieutenants of various counties in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kentucky directing them to replace scouts with small group of rangers. It also includes detailed instructions on how to document the authorization, use, and pay of said rangers.
Document Format Contemporary Copy of Letter
Document Notes Bound in volume entitled "Defensive Protection of the Frontier." An extract of this letter is found in the American State Papers.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; George Washington; Lieutenant Ernest; Harry Innes; scouts; rangers; Joshiah Harmar; Shawan; Cherokee; ;
Related Places War Office; Washington County, Pennsylvania; Harrison County; Randolph County, Ohio; Monongahalia County; Kenhawa County, Virginia; Mason County; Bourbon County; Woodford County; Madison County; Lincoln County; Mercer County; Nelson County; Jefferson County, Kentucky; Ohio River;
Keywords Scouts; militia; pay; Indian hostilities; economic discretion; banditti; ;
Key Phrases The representations of the then deplorable situation of the frontier counties, and the high estimation the said scouts were held in by the inhabitants, were the inducements of the President of the United States to consent to calling forth that expensive species of militia as a temporary measure for the protection of the exposed counties.

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