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August 15, 1792 Indian relations and possibility of offensive operations Henry Knox Andrew Pickens Secretary Knox writes the Indian commissioner. Explains President Washington's policies regarding Indian affairs. Does not anticipate offensive operations against Indians during current year, but does see a higher likelihood of offensive operations in 1793.
March 12, 1795 Apprehension Respecting Offensive Operations Against Indians Joseph Howell Constant Freeman The militia has been called out for defensive operations in pursuit of Indians. However, there are apprehensions that said militia has been employed in offensive operations contrary to the intent of the Executive of the United States.
May 17, 1793 Instructions Regarding the Conduct of Offensive Operations Henry Knox Anthony Wayne Knox assures Wayne that the president has given him plenary powers and full discretion to execute offensive operations against the Indians employing whatever strategy that seems most likely to result in success for American forces.
May 27, 1790 Proposed Offensive Operation Against Indian Banditti Henry Knox George Washington Knox decides that defensive operations are not effective in preventing Indian depredations on the frontier. He proposes undertaking an offensive expedition against Indian "banditti." He emphasizes not harming "well-disposed Indians" and the effect the offensive action would have on the well-being of frontier settlers.
April 20, 1793 Extract: Instructions Regarding Contact with the Indians Henry Knox Anthony Wayne Knox communicates the president's instructions regarding cautious contact with the Indians during the treaty negotiations and the necessity to prepare for offensive operations if the negotiations fail.
July 20, 1793 Preparations for Operations Against the Indians Henry Knox Anthony Wayne Knox assures Wayne that his orders are sufficiently broad to include whatever preparations are needed to execute successful offensive operations against the Indians should the treaty negotiations fail.
February 25, 1792 Protection of the Frontier Henry Knox Colonel David Shepherd Advice on preparing settlers for attack by Indians. Congress to approve offensive action by military for protection of settlers and frontier territory.
February 25, 1792 Protection of Washington County Henry Knox Absalom Baird Urgency of dispatching scouts to Washington County. Congress to authorize offensive action by militia.
September 5, 1793 Letter for Secretary of War Henry Knox to South Carolina Governor William Moultrie requesting that he refrain from providing military assistance to Georgia militia in proposed offensive operations against Creek Nation Henry Knox Governor William Moultrie Knox refers to the proceedings of the Council of War of the General Officers of Georgia Militia. Knox attempts to clarify his guidance, which seems to have been misconstrued as sanctioning South Carolina support for the Georgia militia plans to undertake offensive operations against the Creek Nation. Knox requests Moultrie to refrain from providing military assistance to Georgia.
December 23, 1796 Militia service William Simmons James McHenry Cover letter with explanation for an abstract of an estimate received from David Henley, agent for the War Department in the South-Western Territory for payments made to militia for service under the U. S. government, including service in "Indian Country."
August 10, 1792 Postponing the Campaign Until Winter Henry Knox Anthony Wayne Regardless of the outcome of the peace negotiations, an offensive campaign should not be undertaken before winter. The peace council probably won't finish until late October nor will the recruits be assembled or trained before that time. Referring to Wayne's complaint about not receiving the stores that were requisitioned, Knox wishes he were more explicit regarding exactly what had not been...
September 11, 1793 Report from Captain Constant Freeman to Henry Knox on Georgia militia; muster and pay, James Seagrove's visit with the Creeks and Indian mischief on the frontier Constant Freeman Henry Knox Writing from Augusta, Freeman has met with Georgia Governor Telfair; expects to see appointment of paymaster for militia, along with orders for mustering. Has not been able to obtain a listing of the numbers of troops employed. Governor believes forces should remain at current levels. Notes that in response to Knox's letter ordering a stop to offensive operations by Georgia militia, Governor...
April 13, 1793 Purchasing of Rations; Need for Cessation of Movement During Negotiations, for Safety of Negotiators Henry Knox Anthony Wayne Rations should be purchased from Contractors near posts so that the prices will be reasonable. It is vital that no offensive actions or incursions into Indian territory be made while the treaty is being negotiated because if such actions were taken, the Indians would probably kill the Commissioners. If, however, the treaty negotiations fail, every preparation for the campaign should have been...
August 8, 1794 Pay Due the Dismounted Infantry Henry Knox Alexander Hamilton Enclosed is an abstract of the pay due the dismounted infantry for the defensive protection of the Ohio under the command of General Sevier in 1793 and part of 1794, with additional funds for Governor Blount and for the offensive operations.
January 19, 1794 White Flags of the Six Nations of Indians John Harris Samuel Hodgdon Hodgdon is asked his opinion in relation to the white flags coming in from the Six Nations of Indians. It will be well if they are sincere in their overtures but General Wayne, although he has granted them a hearing and promised them to hold off offensive operations for thirty days, will not consider a treaty with them until he drinks from the waters of the [?].
December 7, 1792 Peace Has Failed, But No Offensives Yet; Accountability of Contractors Henry Knox Anthony Wayne Though it looks as if the peace council has failed, it is still mandatory that no offensive operations against the Indians be undertaken north of the Ohio River. Friendly Indians, such as Wyandots and Delawares, should be welcomed although with a watchful eye. Contractors must be held responsible for defective or stale stores and magazines for their stores should be located near military posts...
July 15, 1791 Status of Offensive Troops Henry Knox Beverley Randolph Troops will rendezvous at Fort Washington for offensive action North-West of the Ohio River. Requests input from Randolf to increase efficiency of calling up troops from Virginia.
September 5, 1793 Regarding offensive expedition against certain Creek Towns, the legal authority to declare war, the requirement for a formal declaration of war, the effect of European politics, Spain and the Court of Madrid, outrages against Cherokees and the authority of states to come to the aid of one another Henry Knox Governor Edward Telfair From the Secretary of War to Georgia Governor Edward Telfair. Planned offensive expeditions against the Creeks by Georgia militia are a matter of concern for the President of the United States General George Washington. Knox conveys the President's disapproval of Governor Telfair's measures. Knox notes that such an offensive expedition is not authorized by law, and making provisions for its...
January 21, 1787 Requests for Information Henry Knox Benjamin Lincoln Knox tells Lincoln that he expects to be regularly and promptly informed of operations undertaken.
December 1, 1792 Contingencies of the War Department for 1793. Henry Knox [not available] While stipulating the difficulty of accounting for military contingencies due to the uncertainties of active warfare, Knox attempts to do so for the year 1793.
September 16, 1793 Letter from Secretary of War Henry Knox to James Seagrove, Agent to the Creek Nations on his efforts to bring about peace with the Creek Nation, a proposal to invite Creek Chiefs to meet President Washington and Congress, and Knox's letter to Governor Telfair regarding offensive operations against the Creek Nation Henry Knox James Seagrove From the War Department, Knox informs James Seagrove Creek Indian Agent, that his recent correspondence has been received and forwarded to President of United States General George Washington. Knox applauds Seagroves efforts at trying to bring about peace. Knox notes that if Seagrove's efforts are fruitful, then he will be doing a great service to his country which will be highly acceptable to...
May 14, 1793 Letter from Secretary of War Henry Knox to Governor Blount on the Mero district, on offensive operations against the hostile Indians and President Washington's policies, the role of congress, use of the militia, return of stores for the Chickasaws, and Blount's expected arrival with the heads of the Cherokees Henry Knox William Blount Discusses defense of citizens of Mero District. Refers to the difficulties that President Washington faces since Congress is not in session. Notes the seriousness of plunging nation into war with Southern Tribes. Knox advises Blount that if war and depredations continue, protection must be defensive. Offensive operations require authority of congress. If militia is employed, take care to ensure...
August 25, 1791 Possible Delay of Operations Henry Knox Arthur St. Clair Knox relays the President's concern about the detention of the troops on the upper parts of the Ohio which could result in a delay of the operations which might hinder the success of the campaign.
April 12, 1796 Support for operations against Canada James McHenry Peter Hoffman In a private letter, McHenry explains the urgency of appropriations from Congress to support operations against Canada should war with Great Britain occur.
December 1792 Contingencies of the War Department for the Year 1793. Henry Knox [not available] Knox emphasizes that the expenses of an army during peacetime may be reasonably forecast but during wartime, contingencies must be accommodated with adequate appropriations or military efficacy will be harmed.