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Date Title Author Recipient Summary
December 3, 1794 Decline of Whiskey Rebellion; Reports Duties Isaac Craig Henry Knox Discusses Whiskey Rebellion; discusses offer of head of Commissary but declines; recommends another. Refers to domestic responsibilities as well as responsibilities at his post.
December 6, 1792 Wayne Will Not Overextend His Forces; Peaceful Meeting with Chiefs; Winter Quarters Completed Anthony Wayne Henry Knox Wayne assures Knox that everything that can be done is being done regarding the defense of the frontier but does not want to overextend, and therefore weaken, his forces. He has met with some friendly Indian chiefs and assured them of his peaceful intentions towards them. After a considerable effort, the soldiers are now under cover in preparation for winter.
July 2, 1797 Foster request to Henley to forward letter he has written to the Secretary of War Anthony Foster David Henley Foster asks Henley to forward the letter he has written to the Secretary of War on the subject of his contract with the government to provide supplies for the Indians. Foster worries that, if supplies are not available, the Indians will think that the government has forsaken them. He assures Henley of the sincerity of his concern in this matter.
September 21, 1792 Measures Necessary to Protect the Frontier Henry Knox Anthony Wayne It appears that Wayne's force will not be over 3500 men and stores, forage, and shelter will be provided accordingly. Wayne should take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that the frontiers are protected. The trial of Ensign Morgan should proceed forthwith. Eleven deserters have been punished. Etc.
March 31, 1794 Situation Report on Foreign Diplomacy and Orders for Wayne in Ohio Country Henry Knox Anthony Wayne In a long and wide-ranging letter, Knox touches on a number of important subjects including the necessity of preventing American settlers from intruding on Spanish territory and the the prospect of war with England due to their blatant interference with American commerce on the high seas.
April 17, 1790 Expedition report from Major John Doughty John Doughty Henry Knox Major Doughty reports on his expedition on Ohio, Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers. Lots of ice on Ohio river made it impossible for Doughty to proceed. He sent men forward on land. Details of rowing upriver during spring flooding and residing with Chickasaws and Kickapoos who showed him "great kindness". Discussed various battles between different Indian tribes. Primary objective of Doughty's...
August 7, 1792 Requesting Postponment of a Campaign and Lamenting the Death of Two Officers Henry Knox Anthony Wayne Knox wants to postpone the campaign until after winter unless the possibility of success is so high that the hardships to be endured would be justified. The troops are not sufficiently trained to undertake a major campaign. He despairs at the murder of two officers who were messengers to the hostile Indians and discusses potential sites for future posts.
August 16, 1791 Inducements to ratify Indian treaty Timothy Pickering Henry Knox Report describing what is necessary to induce the Indians to ratify certain provisions of a recent treaty.
April 22, 1791 Letter from the Reverend Samuel Kirkland to Secretary of War Henry Knox on prospects for war with Western Tribes; the just designs of Congress regarding the Indians; a proposal to send delegation led by Captain Henrick and a Stockbridge Chief Reverend Samuel Kirkland Henry Knox Kirkland recounts his visit to Philadelphia and his discussions with Knox on reaching an accommodation with the Western Indians; he ascribes part of the problem to unprincipled traders and ignorance regarding congress' intent to do justice to the Indians. Discusses idea of Indian leaders visiting Congress, an idea generated by Cornplanter, who believed that the voice of congress would never...
October 31, 1799 Deployment of Forces and Erection of Fortifications Alexander Hamilton James Wilkinson Hamilton expresses in detail his recommendations regarding the deployment of forces and the erection of fortifications. He believes strongly that the soldiery should be used for this purpose whenever practicable.
February 2, 1783 Difficulty of Providing for the Southern Army Nathaniel Greene Benjamin Lincoln Reports that Lieutenant Colonel Carrington has closed a contract with Mr. Banks for the subsistence of Greene's army. Greene reports the difficulty of finding merchants willing to contract with the army. Greene states that he will be able to adequately cloth his troops but at high cost. Most of the goods are in the hands of British merchants who were allowed by the government to ramain in the...
August 17, 1796 Muster of Spies Never Completed, Pay Withheld Constant Freeman William Simmons Simmons agreed with Freeman on the subject of mustering spies upon entering military service. Freeman sought brief leave from public service for a few weeks. Account Current No 11 and vouchers enclosed. Notations on arrangement of troops from Pennsylvania and Virginia.
January 12, 1795 Bruff Writing Hodgdon about Supplies to Finish the Fort and Supply his Troops James Bruff Samuel Hodgdon The letter discusses returns, equipment and supplies received at the fort; it is important that the fort be completed, so to that end storage must be completed, ordnance and military apparatuses must be in place, and clothing and other accoutrements for 64 men must be delivered. However, there are 85 men on the rolls of Bruff's company, and thus 21 were appropriated from Mr. Poe. Bruff explains...
May 12, 1786 Report from West Point on Quartermaster Affairs, Garrison Affairs, Equipment Upkeep, & Artificers' Work William Price Henry Knox Report on Quartermaster affairs and business at the West Point Army garrison; discusses repair of muskets; hiring of a carpenter; manufacture of nails; oiling of arms; reports forwarding inventories of ordnance and military stores; list of equipment forwarded.
June 6, 1797 Murders Committed in a Time of Profound Peace John Sevier James McHenry Sevier comments on murders committed by settlers and by Indians and emphasizes that there is blame on both sides.
October 5, 1793 Extract of letter from Major General Anthony Wayne to Secretary of War Henry Knox from Hobson's Choice, near Fort Washington on campaign preparations Anthony Wayne Henry Knox Extract of letter copied by John Stagg, War Department Clerk. Wayne reports he is attempting to call out Kentucky militia through Governor Isaac Shelby. Shelby has appointed Major General Charles Scott as commander of Kentucky forces. Reports that sickness, particularly influenza, has depleted ranks of effective forces, with numbers to about 2600. Auxiliaries include guides, spies and mounted...
August 29, 1787 Report on Ohio Company Proceedings Winthrop Sargent [not available] Report from Reverend Manasseh Cutler on the proceedings of the Ohio Company, referencing the land purchased from Congress, the plan of settlement, layout of towns, and plans for improvements such as mills, schools, and religious institutions.
January 10, 1794 Preparations for Indian Attacks in Kentucky Isaac Shelby Henry Knox Governor Isaac Shelby of Kentucky warns that hostile Indians have been emboldened by their successes against the expeditions sent against them and he has every reason to believe that they will attack again early in the Spring. He discusses his proposals for preparing for these inevitable attacks.
July 5, 1792 Complaints about Captain Olivar James Seagrove George Washington James Seagrove - Indian agent in the Southern Department - states that General McGillivray has removed himself from the Creek land, and that he has been replaced by an agent of the Spanish, Captain Olivar. He states that Olivar is entreating the Creek to give no land to the Americans, and to have nothing to do with them. Mentions that Olivar is surely overstepping his bounds, and is also a...
June 2, 1789 Grievances from the Five Nations to Congress Chiefs and Warriors of the Five Nations George Washington The Five Nations address grievances pertaining to land sales to Congress.
December 22, 1796 Speech by John Watts, Cherokee Chief, Concerning Peace & Boundaries with U.S. John Watts [not available] Notes that peace has faithfully been observed since a 1795 conference, though whites have killed Indians since then; expresses sorrow that these whites have not been punished. Describes the Indian-land boundary established Governor Blount [of TN], says he will abide only by that line. Asks that the boundary be formally run, by a U.S. surveyor of integrity (not a land speculator), and that...
January 14, 1794 Release of Prisoners Anthony Wayne Indians Northwest of Ohio River Speech of Captain Big Tree: His Nephews were too proud last summer but came to their senses and lowered the asking price regarding the release of prisoners.
August 24, 1792 Wayne's Campaign Strategy Anthony Wayne Henry Knox Wayne explains in detail his strategy for the campaign against the Indians who he insists are being aided, behind the scenes, by the British. He argues against a Fall campaign because his troops are not adequately trained or supplied and the Indians are strongest in the Fall and weakest in the Spring.
March 13, 1791 State of the Creek Nation James Casey Henry Knox Comprehensive treatment of every aspect of the culture and lives of the Creek Nation of Indians in 1790-1791. Includes transcript of a journal. 132 page document.
May 2, 1791 A Report on Travels Through the Creek Country, 1791 Caleb Swan [not available] Document, report describes the Creek country, people, culture, and government. Refers to horse theft and trials.