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The War Department office was established in 1790. It burned in 1800.

For decades historians believed that its files, and the window they provide into the early federal government, had been lost forever. This collection unites copies of the lost files in a digital archive that reconstitutes this invaluable historical resource. 

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Sugar and Coffee Needed at Knoxville

Sugar and coffee and other merchandise are costly to the purchaser in Knoxville. Therefore, Wright asks that a small quantity of these articles be sent with Colonel Henley's wagoner. He will pay for them, including freight, upon their arrival.
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Clothing and Arms for Lieutenant.Shoemaker

Enclosed is an order on Mr. Harris for suits of infantry clothing and stands of arms and accoutrements. These articles should be forwarded to Lieutenant Shoemaker at Baltimore since he writes that he is much in want of them.
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Preparations for the Campaign

The clothing has gone forward along with every other thing, the additional shoes and colors excepted, that will be in motion in a few days. [Caleb] Swan has not returned from Maryland but, if the employment is agreeable to him, he soon will join Hodgdon. Capt. [Michael] Houdin will set out today.
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