Campaign Against Wabash Indians

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Date September 2, 1790
Author Name Henry Knox (primary)
Recipient Name Beverley Randolph (primary)
Summary St. Clair's plan for campaign against Wabash approved by President, all materials afforded. Jealousy among militia and regular troops and consequences outlined. It is thought proper for political reasons to give the expedition the appearance of being leveled at the Shawanese.
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Related Persons/Groups Beverley Randolph; Henry Knox; Wabash; Shawanese; Indians; Indian Nation; Arthur St. Clair; President Washington; Governor Randolph; Governor of Virginia; militia; regular troops; Governor St. Clair; Brigadier General Harmar; Colonel Logan; Colonel Selby; ;
Related Places Virginia; frontier; territory; War Department; ;
Keywords expedition; St. Clair defeat; expense; expedition failure; ;
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2d Septr 1790Secy of Wartothe Governorof Virginia
"Governor St Clair has in person laid before the President the plan of the proposed operation against the Wabash indians, which has been approved.
"It being the anxious desire of the President that the expedition should be effectual and not require a repetition, all the arrangements are made to accomplish so desireable and end for this purpose Govr Sr Clair has been further empowered to require if necessary an additional number of men. If therefore there are any measures necessary to be taken by your Excellency and the Council in order to [undecipherable] an additional number of men; the President of the United States hopes that they will be expedited with all possible dispatch.
It has been suggested that the expedition maybe liable to miscarriage from jealousy of the militia and regular troops. It is devoutly to be wished that such suggestion may be
entirely unfounded. But if jealousies should raise it would be highly important that they should
be [undecipherable] removed or suspended during the seasons of activity. I shall write particularly on this point to Governor St. Clair and to Brigadier Genl Harmer adopt the most conciliatory conduct.
"It has also been mentioned as a circumstance of considerable importance to the success of the expedition that Colonels Logan and Selby should be induced to accompany the Militia on the expedition ever as Volunteers, great confidence being placed in the characters of these Gentlemen. Could your Excellency therefore influence those Gentlemen to go forth on this occasion, it would be highly acceptable and might tend greatly to the accomplishment of the public good. -- The expence of the expedition will be great, and if it should fail by an circumstances whatever, the public injury and disappointment will be in proportion.
"It is thought proper for particular and political reasons to give the expedition the appearance of being levelled only at the Shawanese.