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June 4, 1799 Significance of Military Force Maintained by the U.S. James McHenry Theodore Sedgwick McHenry stresses that he considers the preservation of internal peace and a due respect for the rights of the U.S. by foreign nations to be inextricably connected with the actual military force maintained by the U.S. If that force is found to be insignificant, good intentions will not be encouraged nor hostility much deterred.
March 18, 1800 Military Force in Stopping Vessels Staats Morris Alexander Hamilton Capt. Morris observes that his command is often asked to use military force in stopping vessels, containing fugitives, or quelling mutinies and wants to know the government's orders regarding these kinds of actions.
February 18, 1791 View of the Present State of the Military Force of the United States Henry Knox [not available] Henry Knox provides an analysis of the United States' military force, detailing the number of troops provided by each state and the number of troops needed.
March 14, 1796 Questions on reducing military forces James McHenry [not available] McHenry argues for the necessity of a strong military force to counteract the force maintained by Great Britain and Spain on the northern and southern boundaries of the United States. McHenry advises against reducing the U.S. military below its present force.
July 31, 1793 Military Force Authorized Henry Knox Phineas Bond Executive Dept. authorized an augmentation to vessels for increased military support against foreign war ships in U.S. ports.
August 5, 1788 Regarding the insurgents who apprehended Pickering and the need for military force Peter Muhlenberg Timothy Pickering Requests that Pickering give opinion as to whether armed force is necessary to restore order and good government.
February 2, 1796 Referring to Statement of the Military Force Employed Against Insurgents Timothy Pickering John Adams Settlement of pay due militia still in the process of being closed due to the departure of the men before receiving money due them for their service.
January 24, 1799 Proper Arrangements for the Command of the Military Force Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Hamilton provides the details of his plan to organize the [Eventual] Army with himself, as Inspector General, superintending the whole.
October 25, 1797 Military strategy on the Mississippi Timothy Pickering James McHenry Pickering gives a blistering critique of the proposal by some to attack the ports of St. Louis and New Madrid, arguing that it is folly to go on the offensive. Pickering insists that if hostilities were to commence on the Mississippi, it would best to send the greatest force possible to that quarter. If American troops were thinly spread in ports across the Mississippi, Pickering argues, the...
June 4, 1799 Discusses National Military in Light of Foreign Affairs James McHenry Theodore Sedgwick Questions officers' pay. Lists his highest priorities, including preservation of internal peace balanced by a strong military force. Speaks of diplomatic relations in terms of domestic military efforts.
March 9, 1791 Petition to Raise a Military Force in Kentucky Henry Knox Charles Scott Knox requests Scott raise a military force in Kentucky for an expedition against the Miami and Wea Indians along the Wabash River and provides detailed instructions on how to organize the militia and accomplish the task.
November 9, 1793 Prevention of French Aggression Against Spain Henry Knox Isaac Shelby Aggression by French towards landholdings of Spanish along Mississippi discussed, U.S. peace with Spain authorized the use of military force to prevent French action.
August 2, 1794 Conference on the Whiskey Rebellion Cabinet Unknown Recipient Conference concerning the insurrection in western Pennsylvania. Washington begins the conference by stating that the "most spirited and firm measures" are necessary to counteract the Whiskey Rebellion because it threatens the very existence of the Constitution. That said, Washington insisted that the federal government not overreach beyond the bounds of the Constitution, and to work with the...
1797 Debate regarding the military establishment and western frontier James McHenry [not available] McHenry acknowledges a significant debate in the House over whether a proposed addition to the military establishment be necessary. McHenry stands by his position that not only should the military force on the frontier not be diminished, but it must be augmented. McHenry discusses the constant encroachment on behalf of whites on Indian lands, arguing that even an imperfect peace cannot be...
March 18, 1799 Enough Force to Awe the Disaffected Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Hamilton warns against the deployment of an inadequate force. Sufficient strength must be displayed to inspire respect and to awe the disaffected. Thus will be avoided the magnification of a riot into an insurrection.
May 14, 1794 Suppressing the Illegal Combination of Men Henry Knox Henry Gaither Gaither is directed to aid the Governor of Georgia should he require the assistance of the public force under Gaither's command to suppress the illegal combination of men organized for the purpose of invading the dominions of Spain.
October 22, 1799 Deployment of Troops Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Hamilton worries that committing too large a force to the southern frontiers will substantially weaken military strength on the northwestern frontier.
March 8, 1794 Thoughts on Defense submitted to President Washington Alexander Hamilton George Washington Secretary Hamilton ruminates on what he believes is needed to provide an effective defense of the United States. Text is highly illegible
December 12, 1795 [No.25 Communication from the Department of War, with Sundry statements, relative to the Military force of the U.S. Sites for Arsenals, Replenishing the Magazines with Military stores. Trade with the Indians and Progress made in building the Frigate.] Timothy Pickering John Adams By authorization of the President, Pickering mailed statements to Adams.
January 26, 1795 [Report of the Secretary of War on the above mentioned Resolution] Timothy Pickering [not available] Finds attempts to form a statement on direction for military operations embarrassing as there is no single direction for troops. Noted recent victories against "savage enemies", but feels defensive force will not be sufficient to secure U.S. superiority. Believed a chain of posts must be maintained to supply line consistent. Also notes protection for Southwestern territory and coastal border...
February 3, 1796 Objects of the Military Establishment of the United States. Timothy Pickering [not available] Lists goals of U.S. military regarding boundary lines, military post occupation, and methods for obtaining these objectives. Advocated for preserving current military structure and force even in times of peace.
May 23, 1793 Interposition of the General Government in an Incident Occurring Within a State Henry Knox Joshua Clayton Knox discusses the circumstances in which the general government would intervene in a military situation occurring within a state's borders.
July 22, 1799 Supplementing the Abstract of Returns Alexander Hamilton James McHenry The enclosed abstract shows that the returns are not complete due to imperfections in the forms (which will soon be remedied). The additional sources of pertinent information available in the War Department should therefore be forwarded to the Superintendant of Military Stores so that he can transmit the required amounts of clothing and other supplies.
July 1, 1798 Questions of military strategy for the Attorney General James McHenry Charles Lee Submits questions to the attorney general for consideration. In the event that an officer commanding American troops on the Mississippi receive word that French troops were ascending under a Spanish flag, should the officer permit them to pass through forts? Should he receive evidence that a hostile military force is approaching, may he move beyond national boundaries and attack, or wait until...
December 12, 1795 [Statement of the present military force of the United States] Timothy Pickering [not available] List of officers presently employed and the date of their discharge.