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Reports on the Recent Harmar Expedition

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CollectionWestern Reserve Historical Society History Library: Alfred T. Goodman Papers view image
CollectionPrinted Version only (no image)
PublicationLowrie, Walter and St. Clair Clarke, Matthew, eds. American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States, Vol. IV, Indian Affairs. 38 Vols. Washington, DC: Gales and Seaton, 1832. (no image)
Document Information
Date December 14, 1790
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name George Washington (primary)
Summary Knox encloses reports from Lieutenant Ebenezer Denny, Governor St. Clair, and Brigadier General Harmar about the recent western expedition, which includes a list of killed and wounded. He references a separate expedition of federal troops under Majors Whitely and Hamtramck. Hamtrack destroyed Indian towns on the Wabash without opposition. Knox speaks highly of Lieutenant Denny.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups George Washington; Henry Knox; Lieutenant Ebenezer Denny; Governor Arthur St. Clair; Brigadier General Josiah Harmar; Major Whitely; John Hamtramck; Federal Troops; Militia; ;
Related Places War Department; Fort Washington on the Ohio River; Kentucky; garrison at Post Vincennes; frontier; hostile Indian towns on the Wabash; ;
Keywords dispatch; Indian relations; peace; war; hostilities; land rights; murder; late expedition; report of killed and wounded; ;
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War Department, December 14, 1790

Sir: Lieutenant Denny arrived last evening from
Fort Washington, on the Ohio, charged with letters
from General St. Clair and Brigadier General
Harmar, copies of which I have the honor
herewith to submit, and also extracts from
the orders issued during the late expedition; also
a return of the killed and wounded.

Lieutenant Denny reports verbally, that after he left
Fort Washington, he saw, in Kentucky, several
men of the militia of that district, who had been
out under Major Whitely, under Major
Hamtramck, of the Federal troops, who commanded
a separate expedition.

The said militia-men informed Lieutenant
Denny, that Major Hamtramck had destroyed
several of the hostile Indian towns,on the
Wabash, and had returned to his
garrison, at Post Vincennes, without having
met any opposition.

I have the honor to be &c
H. Knox
Secretary of War

The President of the United States.