An Estimate of the Expense of Troops for an Expedition Against the Wabash

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Date August 23, 1790
Author Name Henry Knox (primary)
Recipient Name Alexander Hamilton (primary)
Summary Itemized list of expenses at contractors prices.
Document Format Document Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Alexander Hamilton; Henry Knox; contractors; militia; Wabash; Indians; Indian Nation; hostiles; savages; continental troops; Quartermasters Department; contractors; ;
Related Places Fort Washington; War Department; ;
Keywords boats; forage; pay; pension; subsistence; contract; contingencies; horses;
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The Secretary of
War to the
Secretary of the
Treasury
23 August 1790
The estimate of the expense of employing, for three months, one thousand seven hundreds militia, and four hundred Continental troops, in an expedition against the Wabash Indians – two hundred of the militia to be accounted.
"The Militia
The pay ..................................24,012
The subsistence & rations @
16/90 of a Dollar .......................31. 302
Forage for the field & staff officers ..........234 55.548
The Continental Troops
Additional expense of subsistence &rations to the continental troops during the same period. This expensearises from the contract – the price of the Ration at Fort Washingtonis stated at six ½ nineteenths of a Dollar. But from that [undecipherable] to the places of operation the price will be sixteen nineteenths..........................4, 416
The Quarter Master’s department, including the hire of fourhundred horses, purchase of Boatsand transportation.............. 30,000.
Contingencies.......................................... 10.306Dollars 100,000
"The Contractors are to execute the duties of the Quarter Masters department, the entire services therefore, which will be required of them independent of the sums set down for contingencies will amount to sixty five thousand, six hundred and eighty two dollars. One half of this sum may be necessary to be advanced immediately, to enable them to perform effectually the services required."