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Contingencies of the War Department for the Year 1793.

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PublicationLowrie, Walter and St. Clair Clarke, Matthew, eds. American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States, Military Affairs. 38 Vols. Washington, DC: Gales and Seaton, 1832. (no image)
Document Information
Date December 1792
Author Name Henry Knox (primary)
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Summary Knox emphasizes that the expenses of an army during peacetime may be reasonably forecast but during wartime, contingencies must be accommodated with adequate appropriations or military efficacy will be harmed.
Document Format Modern Printed Transcription of Letter/Document
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; heads of supplies; active armies; General Harmar; Creeks; Cherokees; Choctaws; Chickasaws; Six Nations; agents employed to the several tribes; ;
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Keywords expenses of any given corps; stationary situation; peace establishment; time of war; offensive operations; allowances; short estimates; moderate losses by casualties; loss of privileges; means of transportation; ammunition; clothing; accidents; sublety and activity of the enemy; ignorance of the wilderness; futurity; paper No. 1; claims for allowance; the treasury; loss of horses and arms; expedition; paper No. 4; protection of the frontiers; paper No. 5; funds appriopriated to the Indian department; vouchers; secret services; ;
Key Phrases All active armies are liable to the loss of provisions, the means of transportation, ammunition, clothing, etc. by numerous accidents attending on a state of war...If no contingent funds be appropriated, the operations of an army may be arrested at a critical moment and the army itself lost or the public service greatly injured for the want of means which might be acquired if the authority and provision existed for the purpose.

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