Situation of the Legion at Hobson's Choice Near Cincinnati; Anger at Proposal to Replace Legion with Militia

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CollectionClements Library: Anthony Wayne Letterbooks view image
MicrofilmHistorical Society Of Pennsylvania: Anthony Wayne Papers (no image)
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 June 20, 1793
Author Name Anthony Wayne (primary) Location: Hobson's Choice
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Wayne continues to fret over the lack of supplies for his troops, a concern which is exacerbated by continued harassment by the Indians at the cost of several American lives. He is angered by the proposal to reduce American forces that would be replaced by state militias that, he argues, are ineffective in comparison to his well-trained Army.
Document Format Author's Letterbook Copy
Document Notes Cited in Knox to Wayne, 06/28/1793.
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; Anthony Wayne; General Posey; Governor Shelby; Colonel George Nicholas; General Wilkinson; mounted volunteers; Congress; militia; Indians; regular troops; Executive of the General Government; General Logan; Legion; the Legion; enemy; women and children; savages; General Scott; Mr. Nicholas; heads of Departments; contractors; escorts; Lieutenant Clark; Chickasaws; chiefs and warriors; Spanish; Secretary of the Treasury; Spanish Post & Gallies; Frenchmen; Mr. Maupin; Deputy Quartermaster; Major Doyle; dragoons; infantry; recruits; ;
Related Places Hobson's Choice; Fort Washington; Kentucky; Fort Jefferson; Fort Hamilton; prairie; L'ance a l' Graire; confluence of the Ohio with the Mississippi; Ohio River; Mississippi River; France; Louisiana; Pittsburgh; Fort Hamilton; mouth of the Great Kenhawa; Great Kenhawa; Great Miami; Indian Country; ;
Keywords copies of letters; sentiments; opposition; increase of the army; reduction; honor and dignity; wigwams; opposition to any increase in the Army; two thousand mounted volunteers under the Governor; combined force; difficulty & danger; appointment; orders; strong jealousy; magnus appollo; rank and degree; employment; ration; flour; advance; estimate; horses; enclosed returns; garrison; road cutting; making hay; stores and articles; present war with France; obstruction; stores; clothing; wounded; died; attack; bark canoes; general return; aggregate force; idea suggested by Mr. Nicholas; cordial cooperation with the heads of Departments; delivery of the ration raised by the Contractors; trifling quantity of flour; three hundred horses; making hay on the prairie; stores and articles for the Chickasaws; arms and ammunition designed for the Chickasaws; stores, troops or clothing; want of water; this state of anxious suspense; a General Return of the Legion;
Key Phrases nothing shall induce me to commit the honor and dignity of Government nor to expose the Legion unnecessarily to the whole combined force of the Enemy--whilst two thousand mounted volunteers under the Governor and all the Militia Generals & subordinate officers of the state of Kentucky/in pay of the United States/ were stealing a march very wide from the Army in order to burn a few wigwams and to capture a few women and children/ a business that might as well be effected by two hundred

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