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Date Title Author Recipient Summary
June 14, 1798 Opinions on the Construction of Batteries to Protect New York City Ebenezer Stevens James McHenry All parties feel that building batteries at proposed location would not provide enough intimidation to deter enemies. It was suggested that construction of batteries on Governor's, Bedlow's and Oyster Islands continue for the best protection on the City (New York City).
November 8, 1798 Method for Water Batteries or Coastways Ebenezer Stevens Alexander Hamilton Stevens tested solidity of Batteries and found the Works are much stronger by the embrasures, proud of fortifications. Requests just payment for serving as Superintendent Agent for City of New York. Mentioned large quantity of high quality gun powder in New York City and advised the gov't to purchase a large quantity if funding allows.
June 24, 1794 Various fortifications and batteries John Jacob Rivardi Henry Knox Major John Jacob Rivardi writes the Secretary of War from Norfolk, to discuss various fortifications and batteries. Includes many specifics regarding the construction and engineering.
January 11, 1799 Seeks Military Rank and Higher Pay Joseph Mangin Alexander Hamilton Mangin was hired to supervise construction of the batteries in New York and later to fortify Governors Island. He describes his qualifications as an engineer and he is now seeking military rank and higher pay.
November 19, 1798 Opinion Regarding Funds Required to Complete Fortifcations of City Alexander Hamilton Ebenezer Stevens Hamilton felt the money required to complete repairs and improvements to fortifications should come from the fund appropriated by the Legislature. Stated letter could be shown to General Clarkson. Letter to John Jay enclosed, request for letter to be forwarded.
June 13, 1798 Defending the City and Harbor of New York James McHenry Military Committee of New York City McHenry discusses the details of the proposed defenses of the port of New York.
November 15, 1791 Estimate of Building and Equipping Ship of Forty Guns Rated at 1300 Tons Pierce Butler Henry Knox Butler prepared an estimate for building a forty gun ship rated at 1300 tons. Included is an estimate of expenses in maintaining a crew of 350 for one year. Costs are based on present circumstances and not based on construction costs during Revolutionary War Ship will have two decks for batteries. Guns assumed to be 24 pounders, though 18 pounders would do. Suggests 4 eight inch howitzers. Will...
November 15, 1791 Construction of frigate Henry Knox Pierce Butler The Secretary of War writes Senator Pierce Butler of South Carolina on the construction of a ship of forty guns
November 5, 1794 Speculation Relative to Hamilton's Presence with the Army, Etc. George Washington Alexander Hamilton Along with a discussion of the submission by the insurgents in western Pennsylvania and whether or not the houses of Congress will meet, Washington informs Hamilton of attacks upon him by [Benjamin Franklin] Bache, specifically questioning the motives of a Secretary of the Treasury who remains with the Army.
February 11, 1794 Knox submits estimate of cost for seaport security measures to Fitzsimmons Henry Knox Thomas Fitzsimmons Letter, discusses estimate of the cost of securing seaports; letter and enclosure.
April 19, 1794 Fortifications of Philadelphia Pierre Charles L' Enfant Henry Knox Charles L'Enfant discusses fortifications with the Secretary of War, particularly those in Philadelphia.
[not available] Fortifications at New York Henry Knox Vincent Letter to the Secretary at War, who must soon deliver to the commissioners, plans and memorials relating to the fortifications being built at New York, in defense of that harbor. Mr. Vincent wishes to submit everything for Knox's approval, and is working through Captain Pray to accomplish this.
January 16, 1799 Instructions Given by the Secretary of War to Major Tousard James McHenry Lewis Tousard McHenry provides detailed instructions to Tousard regarding the defense of the northeast.
July 5, 1794 Fortifications at Jones Point John Vermonnet Henry Knox Letter to the Secretary of War discussing fortifications and batteries at Jones Point, Virginia, alongside the Potomac River. Vermonnet has to deal with some marshy areas.
November 15, 1798 Guard Required for Recently Completed Batteries on Governor's Island Ebenezer Stevens Alexander Hamilton Stevens noted that the troops on Governor's Island were in danger of deserting and were in want of clothing for the winter (3 had already deserted). Stevens suggested employing citizens to relieve the troops stationed on the island.
October 5, 1799 Comments on the Military Affairs of this Country John Francis Hamtramck Alexander Hamilton Hamtramck provides a detailed assessment of what should be done to imrprove the military service of the United States.
July 9, 1794 Fortifications in North Carolina Nicholas Martinan Henry Knox Letter to the Secretary of War, regarding various details behind fortifications off the coast of North Carolina
April 3, 1794 Fortifications at Baltimore, Alexandria and Norfolk Henry Knox John Jacob Rivardi Instructions from the Secretary of War to temporary engineer, John Jacob Ulrich Rivardi, for the purposes of fortifying the ports of Baltimore, Alexandria, and Norfolk.
April 11, 1794 Fortifications in North Carolina Henry Knox Nicholas Martinan Instructions to Nicholas Francis Martinon, acting as temporary engineer in the service of the United States, regarding the fortifications at Wilmington and Ocracoke, North Carolina.
December 26, 1798 What to Charge the Government for My Services Ebenezer Stevens Samuel Hodgdon Stevens is at a loss as to what to charge the government for his services as agent and superintendent of all that is done in New York. He has given up his private business so he could attend to public matters and argues that his pay must at least provide a living for him,
March 19, 1794 Fortification of Ports Henry Knox Henry Lee Congress passed bill for fortification of ports, Norfolk addressed. Foreign policy related to trade in West Indies and bills discussed.
November 20, 1799 Permanent Fortifications at Loftus Heights James McHenry Alexander Hamilton The erection of permanent fortifications on the Loftus heights on the Mississippi by General Wilkinson is proceeding based apparently on the approbation of Hamilton though without the express approval of McHenry. McHenry takes Hamilton to task for having given permission to move forward with the building project.
1794 Fortifications across the Union Bechet Rochefontaine Unknown Recipient Plans and maps respecting the fortifications across the entire Union, from New England to New York to Pennsylvania to the Chesapeake and Carolinas.
June 16, 1798 Fortifications on York, Governors, Bedlow, and Oyster Islands James McHenry Ebenezer Stevens Stevens is directed to employ an engineer to assist Mr. Fleming and Mr. Hill to report on the most eligible sites for new works. They also should prepare plans and estimates for the works, including the work required on the fortifications on Governors, Bedlow, and Oyster Islands so that they can be defended. Batteries should be erected on York Island to prevent enemy ships from taking stations...
July 7, 1798 Notification of Major Tousard's Instructions to Lay Out Defenses at Whetstone Point, Baltimore James McHenry Alexis De Layrets McHenry notifies this temporary engineer at Baltimore that Major Tousard has been instructed to inspect the fortifications at Whetstone Point and make plans for their improvement. These plans are to take into account the defense of both the city and the fort itself against direct attack, as well as the fact that the scarce funds allotted for the fort must include the purchase of additional land.