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October 18, 1790 General Orders: On Unsoldier-Like Behavior Josiah Harmar [not available] Expresses mortification at the unsoldier-like behavior of many of the men in the army, who make it a practice to straggle from camp in search of plunder. Harmar forbids this practice. Guards will be answerable to prevent it. Plunder will be collected and distributed equally amongst the army. Kettles and other articles taken will be collected by commanding officers and turned over to Mr Belli, the...
September 3, 1798 Deter Bad People from Plunder Montgomery & Newbold Samuel Hodgdon They have heard that Hodgdon stayed in Philadelphia rather than removing to Trenton. They hope that staying in town will not subject him to the fatal fever and that he and others will be favored with health so as to support the city police and deter bad people from plundering.
August 3, 1796 Militia aggression in Indian country James McHenry [not available] McHenry advises that regular troops replace militiamen in frontier defense because it would offer more consistency to military operations and would "lessen that thirst for Indian land and plunder which is kept up by militia incursions into their country."
January 15, 1789 Report of Talks with Hanging Maw of Cherokees and Plunder by John Sevier Joseph Martin Henry Knox Reports that some Indians retreated to his plantation in South Carolina in order to escape Mr. Sevier. Martin met with Hanging Maw, Cherokee Chief and reports that he wished to settle all quarrels and will go to his nation to put a stop to war. Martin reports that later he was attacked by party of Creek Indians on his plantation in Georgia. Reports on acts of plunder by Sevier, which was allayed...
October 24, 1797 On the Safety of Philadelphia for Congress, and Why France Will Continue to Plunder American Shipping While Her War With England Lasts Oliver Wolcott, Jr. John Adams Wolcott advises the president on the safety of Philadelphia as a place for Congress to convene, given its recent outbreak of sickness; Wolcott assures him that it is now safe. Opines on U.S.-French relations, and on whether Adams' new envoys to France will be received. Says he believes no treaty will be accorded by the French until they have peace with England, since 1) it is in the interests...
September 28, 1789 Regarding the Failed Treaty Talks with Alexander McGillivray Commissioners for Indian Affairs in Southern Department Alexander McGillivray The commissioners state that they are sorry that McGillivray did not provide objections, nor propose terms acceptable to Creek nation. Colonel Humphreys said that he did not offer any articles as an ultimatum. State that McGillivray must have understood that commissioners were desirous of receiving terms that would form basis for treaty. Commissioners will report the facts to President...
June 9, 1790 Report on attempts to break up of a nest of vagabond Indians Josiah Harmar Henry Knox At the solicitation of Kentucky inhabitants, Harmar reports that he broke up a nest of vagabond Indians, who had infested the river, trying to establish themselves on the Scioto River in order to interrupt the navigation of the Ohio River, and plunder and murder. The endeavors were not successful, as the villains retreated. General Scott fell in with some savages and took four scalps into...
March 24, 1790 Reports Indian Attacks, Personnel Changes Josiah Harmar Henry Knox Reports that the Indians continue to murder and plunder, including entire settlements. Requests troops be raised to suppress Indians. Announces personnel changes.
December 16, 1790 Reports on Harmar's Expedition against the Hostile Western Tribes Henry Knox George Washington Knox's letter to the President includes the General Orders from General Harmer's expedition against the hostile western Indians.
July 7, 1794 Report of Battle at Fort Recovery; Supposition of British Involvement Anthony Wayne Henry Knox Report of battle at Fort Recovery, on the site of St. Clair's Defeat, with the Indians driven off after 2 days. Reports loss of officers; believes Indians to be low on provisions, but a force of between 1500 and 2000 men. Lists reasons suggesting British militia assisted the Indians in the assault. Notes that the Indians expected to retrieve plunder hidden on the site of St. Clair's defeat,...
September 24, 1797 Speculation Regarding the Policies of the French Directory James McHenry Robert Oliver McHenry speculates about the political situation in France and wonders whether those members of the French Directory who favor peace will be able to prevail over those who favor war.
July 10, 1800 Regarding the surrender of the fort at St. Marks, Florida, and plans to retake Benjamin Hawkins Franco Gelabert From Fort Wilkinson, Hawkins discusses the unexpected surrender of Fort St. Marks and notes that this has emboldened the mischief makers and encouraged plunder and conquest of Floridas. Hawkins says that the efforts by Vicente Folch to recover the fort will intimidate the mischief makers. Refers to pacific mission of Creeks who are to meet with the Seminoles. Reports that he has heard the...
March 3, 1794 Mysterious Lack of Indian Activity Anthony Wayne Henry Knox Major General Anthony Wayne comments that no Indians have been encountered since mid January, neither for peace purposes or further attacks. Wayne hopes the Indians are inclined to peace, but vows to make good on plans to build a new post further inside their territory. Details scouting parties sent out, and mentions necessity of quick action -- as many enlistments expire in May. Brief mention...
January 13, 1795 Spanish Influence on Creek Nation James Seagrove Timothy Pickering Believed obtaining prisoners and property plundered by hostile Creeks (as advised by the Spanish) would be a difficult task. Also discussed Creeks dependence on Spaniards for trade, and in order to break Spanish influence, U.S. must consent to trade with Creeks.
February 8, 1790 Debts of General Greene Henry Knox Edward Carrington Discussed General Greene's debts which are a mix of public and private. Debts must be settled or his family will be left penniless.
February 26, 1800 Report from the Constitution at Sea Robert W. Hamilton Alexander Hamilton Robert Hamilton reports that they have little prospect of taking more prize money since they have not seen the three French frigates that they expected to encounter although the Boston Frigate has captured a large French Merchantman laden with coffee. Robert conveys some news of his siblings.
January 27, 1800 Appropriate Response to Indian Plunder Arthur St. Clair James McHenry Mr. Smith wrote St. Clair requesting partial stoppage to the annuity due the Potowatamie Indians because of their assault on him while he descended the Wabash River. If the Indians do not provide adequate compensation, St. Clair asks for orders on how to proceed.
April 3, 1790 Murder and Mischief Robert Rankins Thomas Lewis Report on incidents of murder and theft on the river by assailants in boats.
January 2, 1792 Sargent discusses the Battle of the Wabash with Knox Winthrop Sargent Henry Knox Letter, discusses Indians; discusses defeat of St. Clair's campaign; advises use of Indians in future campaigns.
February 29, 1792 Indian Attack on Fort Franklin, Etc. James Stewart Samuel Hodgdon Stewart has moved to Pittsburgh to establish a dry and wet goods business. He expects the fortifications to be finished by the end of March. He states that inhabitants of Pittsburgh would join with the troops to repel an Indian attack. From a letter received from Lt. Jeffers, Stewart has learned that the Indians are likely to attack Fort Franklin early in the Spring, and if successful there, more...
April 11, 1798 Views on Protection of Commerce and Defense of Territory, with Cost Estimates James McHenry Committee of the Whole House of Representatives McHenry advises Congress on measures necessary to assert and defend U.S. rights against the encroachments of European powers. Lists these measures, including expansion of Navy and Army, increased fortification of ports, and additional revenues and military stores; then goes into more detail about the specific requirements of each. Appended are itemized cost estimates for building additional...
June 9, 1790 Interception of Indian Raiding Parties Josiah Harmar Henry Knox Unsuccessful dispersal of Indians on Ohio river. Enclosed copy of report on Indian raid on river.
January 1, 1791 Report of Indian Expedition, Including Battles and Sedition Lieut. Denny Henry Knox Suggests drawing upon reports of Captain Ferguson and Doctor Carmichael while waiting for official accounts from Harmar. Describes Indian attacks and different campaigns, often conflicting under different leaders and with discouraged militia members. Discusses provisions and inadequate clothing. Lists plunder of Indian towns for the quartermaster. Refers to leaving wounded on the field while the...
[not available] Account of Depredations Committed in Kentucky by Savages since May 1, 1789 Unknown Author [not available] Details on murders, attacks, and horse thefts that occurred in each county of Kentucky.
April 30, 1793 Letter from James Seagrove Creek Indian Agent, to Henry Knox Secretary at War regards aftermath of robber and murder at Traders Hill on St Marys James Seagrove Henry Knox Seagrove reports that he has received notification that Chiefs of Creek Nation will comply with demands to hand over the perpetrators and hostages. Seagrove is embarrassed by the lack of a secure jail facility; and Fort St. Tammany [on the St. Mary river] is no more secure. Previous Indian captives have escaped. Reports that interpreter Mr. Bryant has returned from a visit with the Simonolas...