Transcriptions closed on May 15, 2018. Read more details here.

Pleading for Orders, Backpay & New Recruits; Defenses at Greeneville Complete, and Expectations of Indians to Fight or Deal

Sources & Images
Source Name Image(s)
CollectionClements Library: Anthony Wayne Letterbooks view image
Document Information
Date December 4, 1793
Author Name Anthony Wayne (primary) Location: Head Quarters, Greeneville
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Laments lack of word from Knox, which he attributes to an epidemic in Philadelphia; also laments continued unreliability of contractors. Reports defenses at Greeneville complete, and believes Indians will fight or submit to negotiations by Jan. 1. Notes continuing problem of expiring enlistments and efforts to reenlist veterans; pleads for the 7 months' back pay due to the troops. Hopes that the Philadelphia sickness has caused this delay, from a wish not to infect the troops with contaminated currency. Notes problems of indiscipline and inebriation among the Legion, but vows to eradicate them.
Document Format Author's Letterbook Copy
Document Notes Cited in Knox to Wayne, 03/31/1794. Spans Images 15-19 of this collection.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; Major General Anthony Wayne; Indians; soldiers; veterans; troops; Legion; contractors; Secretary of War; Captain Lewis; Mr. Wells; Yellow beaver; captives; Chiefs in Council; deserters; mounted volunteers of Kentucky; Corps; recruits; companies; Major; Captains; arrested officers; ;
Related Places Head Quarters, Greeneville; Philadelphia; Greenville; wilderness; water passage; Ohio River; western waters; Atlantic states; camp; Au Glaize; captives; ;
Keywords Yellow Fever epidemic; defenses at Greeneville; treaty talks; treaty negotiations; fight; expiring enlistment; reenlist; back pay; contaminated currency; infection; indiscipline; inebriation; drunkenness; fatal malady; provisions; defense; olive branch; return; abstract; term of service; arrearages; pay; vacancies; resignation; death; court martial; savage enemy in my front; famine in my rear; ;
Key Phrases [not available]

[Note: Transcriptions are works in progress and maybe partial. Please help us correct any errors or omissions by signing up for a transcription account.]
[not available]