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August 7, 1792 Considerations on Forts and Operations in the Great Lakes Region Henry Knox Rufus Putnam Knox provides Putnam with the reasons for his recommendation to President Washington against operations near the Great Lakes or the establishment of an Army post near the lakes
July 15, 1793 Indian Land Treaty of 1783 Federal Commissioners Treaty at Sandusky [not available] Ownership of land near Great Lakes is erroneous. United States gained the right to claim land through the grant of the King of England, but the Indian Nations decided to revoke that right to claim.
April 6, 1798 General Stores Wanting for Vessels on the Lakes Samuel Hodgdon James McHenry The Quartermaster General has requested an estimate of the stores needed for the vessels on the lakes so it is enclosed for McHenry's order.
March 25, 1786 Strengthening the Federal Government, Etc. Henry Knox General William Irvine Knox discusses British intentions regarding the evacuation of the Western Forts which they still occupy. He mentions the "federal convention" proposed by Virginia for strengthening the power of Congress to regulate trade.
January 25, 1799 General Command of the Post on the Lakes John Francis Hamtramck Alexander Hamilton While effusively praising Hamilton, Lt. Col. Hamtramck asks that he be given the general command of the post on the Lakes.
June 8, 1798 No More Guns to Forward Samuel Hodgdon Isaac Craig Even though no additional guns are available for the vessels on the Lakes, the original order will be forwarded as promised.
April 10, 1798 Statement of the Money that Has Passed through My Hands Samuel Hodgdon James McHenry Hodgdon transmits a statement of the money that has passed through his hands from the time of his appointment until the last day of 1797. If there is peace the transportation expenditures will be diminished but the naval appointments on the lakes will still expand them.
March 16, 1797 Outlines Orders, Troop Routes James Wilkinson John Wilkins, Jr. Requests purchase of horses in Kentucky. Horses should be ready to assemble at Fort Washington on short notice. Outlines route for supplies sent to the Lakes. Orders route for troops to Tennessee. Suggests break in chain of posts, including the removal of stores from Greenville. Requests company.
November 5, 1796 Captain James Bruff report from Fort Niagara James Bruff William Simmons Discussed his muster roll and shifts of detachments at Fort Niagara. Mentioned returned deserters and musicians. Enlistments due to expire soon. Discussed problem of soldiers deserting to Canada and enlisting in the British Army. Bruff was mortified that his men deserted, but noted that desertion is not from lax discipline; rather it was because of a desire for change, and incentives such as 200...
July 12, 1792 Separating Certain Tribes from Those at War Winthrop Sargent Henry Knox Sargent believes that a number of tribes located about the Lakes and the Illinois might be separated from those at war if properly approached. The Indians fear Mayet so he should be attached to the cause of the United States or else the rascal will decidedly oppose it. Sargent has petitioned Hamilton for compensation but has received no response.
August 3, 1795 Treaty of Greenville Henry De Butts [not available] Peace treaty between the United States and the Northwest Indian Confederacy, comprised of the Wyandots, Delawares, Shawnees, Kickapoos, Weas, Ottawas, Chippewas, Putawatomie, Miami, & Eel River tribes. Dictates the end of hostilities, the return of prisoners, cessions of land to the U.S., the new Indian-U.S. boundary, right of white passage over Indian land and waterways, the relinquishment of...
November 10, 1798 Appointment of Officers; Apportioning of Troops; Requests Finances James McHenry George Washington President John Adams grants McHenry permission to appoint battalion officers before being nominated by the Senate if time requires. McHenry presents to Washington a list of officers and requests information about the best qualified men. Requests information from Pinkney and Hamilton about raising officers, men, and infantry. Proposes separate numbers of men required from each state. Wonders if...
April 3, 1799 Report from Fort Niagra John Jacob Rivardi Alexander Hamilton Major Rivardi, commanding at Fort Niagra, sends a report on Army affairs in the region and at the fort
June 4, 1791 Sons of War Let Loose Against You! Charles Scott Nations of Red People on the Wabash River General Scott warns the Indians of the violence that will be unleashed against them if they persist in their depredations against the United States.
October 3, 1792 Jonathan Cass recruiting in Philadelphia; reporting on the disposition of the Indians; poor prospects for peace Anthony Wayne Henry Knox Cited in Knox to Wayne, 10/12/1792. Capt. Jonathan Cass was relieved from his command at Fort Franklin by Capt. Hughes and is now on his way to Philadelphia to await recruiting instructions and money from Knox. He will provide Knox with information relating to the disposition of the Indians and the number that have gone to meet the hostile tribes. Wayne is sure that there will be no peace...
October 8, 1800 Articles Wanted That Are Not in Store Samuel Dexter Samuel Hodgdon Dexter admonishes Hodgdon because military stores and ordnance are not in store that are needed in Detroit and Niagara. Therefore, they should either be purchased or fabricated. He wants a return of those articles mentioned in the requisitions that are not in the store and the best and speediest means of supplying the deficiency.
May 4, 1798 Goods for the Wyandots & Pottawatomies, Etc. Samuel Hodgdon Isaac Craig Hodgdon discusses the Indian goods intended for the Wyandot and Pottowatomie tribes. Colonel Winthrop Sargent apparently will be confirmed by the Senate as Governor of the Mississippi government.
August 20, 1799 My services can best be rendered in that country... John Wilkins, Jr. Alexander Hamilton Wilkins acknowledges his temporary appointment as Quartermaster General but stresses that appointments and changes he might initiate may not be to the liking of the permanant occupant of this important position. He warns that this temporary appointment will hinder his ability to function as the Quartermaster General of the Western Army which is his normal post. He describes the means by which...
July 29, 1796 Accurate Information about the Northwestern Frontier & the Mississippi River Oliver Wolcott, Jr. Anthony Wayne Wolcott is preparing a report for the House of Representatives on the establishment of districts for the collection of duties upon the Mississippi River and upon the northern boundary of the United States. He requests information about the state of the northwestern frontier. He asks about trading posts, settlements, and waterways along Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, and between the...
April 3, 1792 Speech: Negotiations for Peace with Indians James Wilkinson [not available] Wilkinson negotiates peace with Indian Nations of the Western frontier; states war would only be brought about by Indians actions, United States wants only peace.
April 1, 1791 Gratitude to the Great Chief Little Beard [not available] Little Beard expresses his gratitude to the Great Chief, General Washington, for the grant of lands given in perpetuity to his people.
January 1798 Explanation of orders and instructions James McHenry James Wilkinson McHenry responds with "candor" and "frankness" to complaints from General James Wilkinson on orders and instructions. The Secretary of War offers explanations for each specific complaint levied by the general. In one of his explanations, McHenry reminds Wilkinson - later to be discovered as an agent for the Spanish after his death - that the Northwest Territory has been infested with spies...
April 13, 1792 Friendship of the United States with the Five Nations Timothy Pickering Sachems & Chiefs of the Five Nations (The speech of Timothy Pickering, commissioner, to the Sachems and Chiefs of the Five Nations.) Pickering assures the Sachems and Chiefs of the Five Nations of the friendship of the United States and its wish to treat with the Indians at Fort Washington, or any suitable location , to resolve issues related to disputed land.
April 4, 1794 Instructions for Treaty with Northwest Indians Henry Knox Anthony Wayne Instructions to Major General Anthony Wayne for holding a treaty with the Northwestern Indians and form of the Treaty. Based on Wayne's communication of 18 January, Knox notes that a treaty may be possible if Indian overtures are sincere, and Wayne's conditions of delivering prisoners and recalling war parties can be met.
December 23, 1794 British allied with Northwest Indians Anthony Wayne Henry Knox Letter from General Wayne to the Secretary of War, concerning British agents enticing the Indians of the Northwest region to attack the United States. Desires that Congress raise troops to garrison.