The War Department office was established in 1790. It burned in 1800.

For decades historians believed that its files, and the window they provide into the early federal government, had been lost forever. This collection unites copies of the lost files in a digital archive that reconstitutes this invaluable historical resource. 

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Unsettled Affairs Among the Indian Nations

Captain Guion explains the procrastination of his communications that is due to the ill state of his health which he has endured for more than three months and the difficulty of communicating because of the unsettled nature of affairs among the Indian Nations He declares that the Spanish contingent in his quarter is no more than 600 and is by no means a formidable force.
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Peltries to be Shipped

Cover letter for a report from Colonel Hawkins (not found). Expresses hope that a new assistant factor will arrive from Philadelphia. He expects to ship all his skins within the month.
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Mr. Cranch's mill and tools

This letter discusses the purchase of Mr. Cranch's mill and tools for public use. Also, mention is made of Jonathan Williams' efforts to educate Indians.
1 pages needing transcription