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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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Power of Attorney of Garret Van Hoosen

Garret Van Hoosen grants Ebenezer Farnham power of attorney.
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Returns and Receipts of David Offley

Returns of stores and receipts signed off on by David Offley between March 1799 and January 1800. Includes a newspaper clipping about goods stolen from public stores.
10 pages needing transcription

Request for Issue of a Flag for Fort Mifflin Garrison

Directs issue of one flag for use by garrison at Fort Mifflin.
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