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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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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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The President's Orders regarding the Death of George Washington

McHenry forwards though Hamilton the President's orders regarding the funeral ceremonies that will commemorate the death of General George Washington.
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Plan for the Suppression of the Insurrection in Western Pennsylvania

Knox discusses plans for the suppression of the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania, an insurrection too great to be handled by normal legal means.
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