Letter from the Secretary of War

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PublicationSmith, William Henry, ed. The St. Clair Papers, The Life and Public Services of Arthur St. Clair. N.p. 1881. Reprinted Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1970. (no image)
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Date June 9, 1791
Author Name Henry Knox (primary)
Recipient Name Butler (primary)
Summary Alerts Butler that Samuel Hodgdon is on his way to Fort Pitt and should be able to supply the campaign. There should be enough flour for Butler's post, but they will have to rely on live cattle for meat. Major Butler has been appointed to the Eastern Battalion. Colonel Proctor's mission failed, so General Scott's expedition will go forward; Butler is to send copies of Proctor's dispatches to General St. Clair. Knox encloses a confidential estimate of troops. The recruiting service has not been successful, and so they might have to raise troops in Fayette.
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Document Notes Cited in Knox to St. Clair, 06/09/1791. Published in the St. Clair Papers (), 216-218 Image not available
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Related Persons/Groups General Butler; Henry Knox; Secretary of War; Samuel Hodgdon; Quartermaster; contractor; Major Butler; Eastern Battalion; Colonel Proctor; General Arthur St. Clair; General Scott; troops; Doyle; Beatty; President of the United States; ;
Related Places War Department; Fort Pitt; upper parts of the Ohio; frontiers; headquarters; New Hampshire; Massachusetts; Rhode Island; Connecticut; Fayette; Pennsylvania; Virginia; ;
Keywords means of obtaining; campaign; advice; preparations; ample funds; provisions; flour; operations of the troops; cattle; posts; salted meat; rations; mission; expedition; dispatches; defensive protection; in confidence; estimate of troops; recruiting service; battalion of levies; ;
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