Reports on Harmar's Expedition against the Hostile Western Tribes

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Date December 16, 1790
Author Name Henry Knox (primary)
Recipient Name George Washington (primary)
Summary Knox's letter to the President includes the General Orders from General Harmer's expedition against the hostile western Indians.
Document Format Autograph Letter
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Related Persons/Groups George Washington; Henry Knox; Lieutenant Denny; Major Hamtramck; Indians; Josiah Harmer; militia; Colonel Hardin; savages; field officers; Major Fontane's light horse [cavalry]; active riflemen; quartermaster; Captain Strong; federal troops; Major McMullen; Major Hall; Lieutenant Frothingham; Secretary of the Treasury [Hamilton]; ;
Related Places Fort Washington; Vincennes; hostile Indian towns; Miami village; camp at Chillicothe; Shawnee towns on the Onee River; Maumee towns; Miami River; ;
Keywords expedition against the hostile Indians; General Orders; vegetables; corn; pack horses saddles; plunder; wigwams; shameful conduct of the militia; artillery; principle of honor; cattle; slaughter of many savages; loss of Major Wyllis; courage; public debt; ;
Key Phrases The General is much mortified at the [?] behavior of many of the men in the army who make it a practice to straggle from the camp in search of plunder; It is not improbable that the savages may attempt to harass the army on its return; The General is exceedingly pleased with the behavior of the militia in the action of this morning; ...upwards of one hundred warriors fell in the battle...;

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