Results of Congressional Debate on the Protection of Frontier

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Date March 3, 1791
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name Daniel Shepherd (primary)
Summary Rally of volunteers, repair of Fort Pitt, and protection against Indians alluded to in general terms.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Colonel Daniel Sheppherd; Daniel Shepherd; Henry Knox; Indians; Indian Nation; frontiermen; settlers; Congress; President of the United States; hardy yeomanry; troops; ;
Related Places War Department; frontier; western territory; Ohio county; Fort Pitt; Virginia;
Keywords depredations; vigorous measures; depopulating; repair; temporary defensive protection; ;
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Gen. Henry Knox Sec of War3d March 1791
Indian depredations in Feb
Preparations by US &c
The people of the frontier expected to join (the grand army of St. Clair)
To Col. D. Shepherd
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War Department3d March 1791
The President of the United States has received your letter of the 19th of last month stating certain depredations of the Indians.
And he has commanded me to inform you that the Congress of the United States having been deliberating for some time past upon the means which may effectually protect the frontiers, have just concluded thereon.
That he shall take the most vigorous measures to execute the intentions
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of Congress. That for this purpose men will be required to act offensively--- That it is to be hoped and expected, that as soon as the conditions shall be made known that the hardy yeomanry of the frontier counties will engage readily and chearfully, for a short period to act against the Indians and thereby prevent their depopulating the exposed parts of the county of Ohio.
That the governor of the western territory, who will immediately repair to Fort Pitt, or the commanding officer of the troops, will have discretionary power to make all necessary arrangement for the temporary defensive protection of the frontier counties which the
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occasion may require.
I have the honor to beGentlemenYour most obedient humble servantHKnoxSecy of War
Daniel Sheppherd Esqrand others of Ohio countyVirginia
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