Indian engagement, training, and Putnam's strategy

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PublicationKnopf, Richard C., ed. Anthony Wayne, A Name In Arms: The Wayne-Knox-Pickering-McHenry Correspondence. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1960. (no image)
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Date August 17, 1792
Author Name Anthony Wayne (primary) Location: Pittsburgh
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Wayne discusses the loss of two officers in an engagement with the Indians as well as the probable failure of peace overtures. He talks of a mock-attack in which Americans pretended to be Indians and which provided an effective training exercise for his green troops. He disagrees with Gen. Putnam's strategy because it depends upon on veteran troops rather than the inexperienced ones that are on hand.
Document Format Author's Letterbook Copy
Document Notes Cited in Knox to Wayne, 09/01/1792, and Stagg to Wayne, 08/25/1792.
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; Anthony Wayne; General Putnam; General Wilkinson; General Israel Chapins; Captain Heart; Major Hamtramck; Colonel Harding; Major Trueman; the five nations; hostile Indians; Capt. Cass; the cornplanter; the rifle corps; our little Legion; Cavalry and infantry; raw & undisciplined troops; Captain Jeffers's corps; Captain Mills; Major Craig; Captain Porter; owners of wagons;
Related Places Pittsburgh; Fort Franklin; the mouth of Buffalo; Whelan; the Allegheny; Carlisle; Philadelphia; Shippensburg; Fort Washington; Fort Hamilton; Forts St. Clair & Jefferson;
Keywords the fate of our three flags; victims of savage ferocity; the first embassy; the presidents orders; a sham engagement; the skill and fortitude of our little Legion; combined maneuver of the reserves; this little representation of an action; a spirit of emulation; plan of carrying on the war against the Indians; list of articles that have not yet arrived; invoices from the 1st of January until the 17th of July; several taverns; supply of provisions; rifle clothing; By the many corroborating accounts from every quarter, I believe there can be little room to doubt the fate of our three flags; and that both Col. Harding and Major Trueman have been victims of Savage ferocity;
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