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Date Title Author Recipient Summary
August 13, 1786 Report on Latest Desertions, Promise to Advertise for Deserters, & West Point Garrison's Need for Shoes & Clothing William Price Henry Knox Reports on two recent desertions, guessing at their destination and promising to advertise for them in New York and New Jersey. Requests that shoes and other clothing be sent for the West Point garrison.
December 12, 1794 Accounting for Desertions of Recruits Joseph Howell John Breck The law requires that an authentic muster roll must be received as evidence of payments made to recruits and, in the case of desertions, the date of enlistment and date of desertion must be shown.
November 27, 1796 Recruiting Services and Desertions Alexander Thompson William Simmons Captain Thompson discusses the recruiting services and desertions. He also alludes to sundry legal proceedings.
September 8, 1786 Request for Permission to Provide Troops With Clothing from Stores, & Report on Latest Desertions William Price Henry Knox Asks for permission to issue needed clothing to the troops out of the old clothing stores; reports on latest desertions by Connecticut and New York troops.
October 3, 1794 Payment of Troops and Number of Desertions Bezaleel Howe Joseph Howell Letter from Bezaleel Howe to Joseph Howell, accountant at the War Department, regarding receipt, muster, and pay rolls. Addresses payment of troops and desertions. Howe a few months prior fought in the Battle of Fallen Timbers.
August 2, 1797 Notification of Desertions, Muster Rolls Enclosed Frederick Frye William Simmons Frye encloses his receipt, muster, and pay rolls, and lists soldiers who are on furlough or have deserted. One of the deserters is in fact believed to have drowned, but they are not certain.
October 16, 1799 Recruiting business is totally stopped and desertion prevails Thomas Parker Alexander Hamilton Parker complains that the delay in paying the troops has destroyed recruiting efforts and increased the number of desertions.
May 1, 1800 Difficulties in Obtaining Clothing Frederick Frye Constant Freeman Frye complains that in 1798 he was directed by the Secretary of War to make a return of clothing which he did for 66 suits and Hodgdon did not send him the suits. Later he made another return for 120 suits and later received blue woolen overalls of poor quality from Colonel Stevens. Still later General Hamilton ordered Lieutenant Dayton to take the clothing to South Carolina with his company....
December 18, 1800 Certification of payment; John Wyeth, Printer, for printing in Harrisburg, desertions of sundry men under command of Captain Zebulon Pike while on march to Fort Pitt in 1793 William Simmons Samuel Dexter Certification of payment; $7 to John Wyeth, Printer, for printing in the Oracle of Dauphine, and Harrisburg Advertiser the desertions of sundry men under command of Captain Zebulon Pike while on march to Fort Pitt in 1793.
July 20, 1792 Deserters, Smallpox, and Indian Raids Anthony Wayne Henry Knox Wayne reports a number of concerns including a high number of desertions among his troops, his inability to implement his plan of separating those who have had small pox from those who have not had it, and a number of deaths of settlers resulting from Indian raids. When his entire force is fit for duty, he hopes that he can secure the frontier from Indian incursions.
October 11, 1794 Delay of Orders to Capt. Kalteisen Michael Kalteisen Joseph Howell Capt Kelteisen expresses his distress to Howell at not having received orders and having no money to supply the troops. Desertions and a diminished ability to attract recruits have resulted. .
October 11, 1794 Visions of Mutiny, Etc. Michael Kalteisen Joseph Howell Kalteisen expresses his distress at the failure of the United States to provide even the most essential supplies and he has no money to provide them himself. The quality of the provisions that have been furnished has been poor and all of these problems have hindered his recruiting efforts and resulted in desertions and sickness.
December 23, 1785 Report on Problem With Wagon Cover Shipment, & on Desertions from West Point William Price Henry Knox Discusses problem with bulkiness of shipped wagon covers; reports that three men have deserted -- two from Connecticut, one from [New] York -- and that parties have been sent in search of them.
May 9, 1799 A Preference for Natives in the Military Service James McHenry Alexander Hamilton McHenry makes the case for recruiting only those foreigners of the highest moral character. The preference is for native Americans who have an innate attachment to the United States.
June 14, 1787 Pay and Clothing for the Troops Henry Knox Henry Jackson Henry Knox, Secretary at War, requests an account of clothing on hand from LtCol Henry Jackson. Noted the U.S. was not responsible for the defective methods of payment by contractors. Mentioned desertions from Capt. Burbeck and Savage's companies on their march to Springfield, inquiries into quality and quantity of clothing for their companies.
March 31, 1786 Discussion of Ordnance & Stores Returns, Desertions, & Arms Cleaning Contract at West Point William Price Henry Knox Reports sending returns ordnance and stores for March; a certificate for cleaning arms was issued; and the desertion of two more recruits
July 12, 1785 Unable to comply with request John Pierce Matthew McConnell John Pierce informs Matt McConnell that he is unable to comply with his request.
May 27, 1799 Desertion Prevails to a Ruinous Extent Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Hamilton lists his four remedies to solve the problem of rampant desertions. He is particularly insistent that the President should support the courts as they sentence deserters to the most extreme forms of punishment.
August 19, 1796 Muster and pay rolls William Simmons Nanning J. Vischer Muster and pay rolls received. The amount due on the pay roll will be forwarded to Vischer by Nicholas Fish, federal supervisor at New York. Explains the specific accounts of soldiers Thomas Fisher and John Kelley.
April 20, 1799 Severe Examples to Check a Spirit of Desertion Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Hamilton argues that, even though the Unites States is not legally at war, the sentence of death resulting from the court-martial of Richard Hunt is appropriate as a means to discourage future desertions and because Hunt not only deserted but stole the pay of his company.
June 16, 1791 Brandt's Mission of Peace, Etc. Henry Knox Arthur St. Clair Knox reports on the status of sundry troops and supplies as well as the mission of Joseph Brandt to be establish peace between the Western Indians and the United States.
August 27, 1800 Vouchers Suspended in the Accounts of John Wilkins Jr by the Comptroller for Further Explanation John Wilkins, Jr. [not available] Vouchers suspended in the accounts of John Wilkins Jr. by comptroller for further explanation. Gives the numbers of the abstracts suspended with description and reason why suspended.
September 24, 1791 Liklihood of Indians Seeking Peace Henry Knox George Washington Knox informs the President of St. Clair's preparations for the campaign against the Indians. St. Clair is concerned that Butler's force will not arrive before the order to march is given. The Indians are more likely to seek peace if they see sufficient numbers in the US force to diminish their prospects for success in battle against the US.
August 17, 1792 Deserters, stores, and recruiting Henry Knox Anthony Wayne The troops are obviously not ready for active warfare but Knox knows that Wayne will prepare them well. The problem of deserters and cowardly sentries is addressed. It appears that most of the stores that Wayne wants are well on their way and his earlier complaints about delays don't seem to be warranted because the wagoners have the receipts showing that they made their deliveries. Recruiting is...
August 1, 1786 Report on Recent Desertions & Morale Problems Due to Lack of Payment At West Point William Price Henry Knox Reports on the recent desertion of a corporal and three privates, 2 each from Connecticut and New York, giving details of each case. States that he has few men, and they are discontented for lack of pay; believes morale would improve if at least some payment was sent to them, if not all that is due to them.