Information of Movements & Situation in Northwest Indian Conflict, & Pension for the Family of Colonel Hardin

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Date November 18, 1792
Author Name James Wilkinson (primary) Location: Fort Washington
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Reports his situation -- he has recently gained knowledge of the size and population of all the nearby Omee River Indian villages and the location of British agents among the Indians; notes the open support of Indians by the British, who have supplied arms & ammunition. Estimates Indian strength at 1200-1500 warriors; ranged against his own regulars and Kentucky mounted volunteers, Wilkinson feels confident that he can crush the Indians. Details a plan to scare the Indians out of their homes with a quick move by his cavalry, then seize their stores with his infantry. Surmises that the Indian confederacy grows daily. Reports confusion in his supplies, and no knowledge of whether they are sufficient. Reports discontent among his officers for lack of pay, and recommends a pension for the family of a Col. Hardin, who has been murdered [by Shawnee Indians]. Discusses enemy movements, dragoon horses, and the reinforcement of his garrisons.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes Copy no. 33. Cited in Knox to Wayne, 12/28/1792.
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; James Wilkinson; Commander in Chief; Indians; McKee; Elliott; Girlys; agents; emissaries; traders; British; M-y; spy; savages; warriors; wives; children; Kentuckians; cavalry; infantry; pay department; Colonel Hardin; widow; executrix; Captain Shayler; Gibson; Rifle Company; dragoons; Major Rudolph; Major Adair; ;
Related Places Fort Washington; Indian settlements; Omee River; British magazines; Detroit; Glaze River; Glaize River; Lake; Fort Jefferson; Fort Hamilton; Fort St. Clair; ;
Keywords packet; exact circumstances; information; vessel; campaigns; confederacy; clothing; invoices; packages; pay; death; murder; horses; provisions; forage; marching orders; ;
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