Debunking Indian Accusations of Aggressive Movement; Drilling, Equipping, & (Re)Enlisting Troops

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Date August 8, 1793
Author Name Anthony Wayne (primary) Location: Hobsons Choice near Ft Washington
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Wayne defends his preparations and provisioning as limited and un-aggressive. Dismisses Indian allegations of stockpiling food (as for a march) at the forts, stating only just enough for the garrisons has even been obtainable. Accounts for number of men in fort garrisons to prove that no great force has been stirring to make aggressive moves. Complains that the suggestion that he has disobeyed orders insults his honor. Asserts that an Indian confederacy opposed to the U.S. is forming, and its depredations increasing. Relates travels of new recruits to Hobson's Choice, and his measures for keeping veterans in the Legion by reenlisting all willing. Despairs of receiving many more troops or supplies now that the river is low. Tells of personal attempts to alleviate problems, by drilling troops, improving their equipment, and calling for 1500 mounted volunteers from Kentucky. Reiterates need for supplies, but states that the Legion "shall not retrograde."
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Document Notes Cited in Knox to Wayne, 11/25/1793. Spans Images 247-256 of this collection.
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; Anthony Wayne; Commissioners; hostile Indians; Cornplanter; New Arrow; Indian; contractors; quartermaster general's department; Quartermaster General; savages; General Wilkinson; escort; Colonel Strong; Commander in Chief; Legion; General Posey; Chickasaws; British; Spaniards; Lieutenant Clark; Creek; Cherokee; Wilson; Captain Ford; Captain Peters; Captain Kingsbury; Captain Pasteur; Captain Prior; old soldiers; recruits; Lieutenant Glenn; Captain Pike; mounted volunteers; Captain Howell Lewis; ;
Related Places Hobsons Choice near Ft Washington; Headquarters; Hobson's Choice; Fort Washington; Fort Jefferson; prairie; Fort Hamilton; Fort St Clair; Indian Country; Chickasaw Bluffs; rapids of the Miami of the Lake; Miami River; Pittsburgh; Ohio River; Kentucky; ;
Keywords open a road; deposits; corn; provisions; head of the line; preparatory arrangements; alarms and apprehensions; road; flour and grain; state of provisions; ration; returns; Indian intelligence; cattle; pack horses; stealing; garrison; small enclosures; guns; credulity; number of troops; surplus; road cutting party; wagons; packhorses; depredations; murders; general confederacy; stores; Grand Council; general return of the Legion; ordnance stores; military stores; recruiting instructions; enlisting; reenlist; money; flying howitzers; boats; supplies; campaign; Indian warfare; cartridge boxes; iron trunnions; howitzers; blank cartridges; pending treaty; ;
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