Decisive Action Against the Indians on the Frontier

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Date February 22, 1791
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name George Washington (primary)
Summary Henry Knox's report to the President discusses the coming year's goals of peace in the frontiers and explains in detail how best to meet those goals, using both peaceful and military measures. He provides an in-depth analysis of the force required and the cost involved in taking decisive action against the Indians along the frontier, and the potential political and military implications of the action.
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Related Persons/Groups George Washington; Henry Knox; Indians; Choctaw; Chickasaw; Cherokee; Wabash; Miami; Wyandot; Delaware; Seneca; Arthur St. Clair; Brigadier General Charles Scott; Wea; Colonel Shelby; Brigadier General John Sevier; Tuscarawas; Tuscarora; Shawenesse; Shawanoe; Moravian; Congress; Kickapoos; Spaniards; British; Six Nations; companies; Spain; England; troops; women and children; recruits; commanding officer; paymaster; volunteers; militia; Governor of the Western Territory; ;
Related Places War Department; frontier; Ohio River; Northwest Territory; Georgia; Miami village; Virginia; Wabash River; Miami River; Fort Washington; Fort Pitt; Kentucky; Ouiatenon; Vincennes; Pennsylvania; Cuyahoga River; Tuscarawas branch; Muskingum River; Fort Lawrence; Lake Erie; Lake Sandusky; Ome River; La Panse River; Mississippi River; Occachappo River; Bear's Creek; Tennessee River; Mussel Shoals; Detroit; falls of the Ohio; Indian country; Onittanon towns; Miami Village; ;
Keywords peace; treaties; depredations; land purchase; Treaty of Fort McIntosh; operations; protection of frontier inhabitants; war; campaign; system of justice and mercy; post; destroying their towns; general political information; construction of fortifications; posts of communications; points of attack; expense; desultory operations; attack and destroy; capture; bread and meat; corn; horses; quadruplicate copies; muster; marches; precise statement; payrolls; terms; boundary line; cannon; military stores; settlements; proper habits of submission to the laws; blood; treasure; military plots; improper conduct; ;
Key Phrases the minds of the Indians must be impressed with the power of the United States, as the groundwork of that system of justice and mercy, which it will be the glory of the general government to administer to all the Indians...besides destroying their towns, and their provisions, defeating their force, and capturing as many of them as possible, particularly their women and children;

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