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Title Letter [manuscript]: Danville, [Ky.], to the commanding officer of Mason County, [Ky.]
Author Kentucky Board of War
Date
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: July 5, 1791, letter to which the names of Charles Scott, John Brown, Harry Innes, and Benjamin Logan have been signed, informing the commanding militia officer of Mason County that Gen. Arthur St. Clair had authorized a second detachment of 500 mounted men led by James Wilkinson to attack the upper Wabash Indian towns. The letter directs volunteers to assemble at Fort Washington on the Ohio by July 20. There are also instructions forwarded from St. Clair to discontinue the frontier guards in Kentucky and to forward muster rolls and abstracts for the guards from Mason County.
Names Scott, Charles (1739-1813); Innes, Harry (1752-1816); Logan, Benjamin (1743-1802); Brown, John (1757-1837); St. Clair, Arthur (1734-1818); Wilkinson, James (1757-1825)
Places Wabash River, Fort Washington, Ohio River, Mason County, Danville, Kentucky, Indiana, United States
Keywords militia, attack, war, armed forces, fort, frontier
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Culture Area Northeast, Great Plains
Additional Information In 1791 Congress appointed Charles Scott, John Brown, Harry Innes, Benjamin Logan, and Isaac Shelby to a board empowered to call out the militia into the service of the U.S. whenever necessary to fight the Indians, and to act in conjunction with the regular army. Commonly termed the Kentucky Board of War, this body was also known as the Local War Board for the Western Country and the Local Board of War for the District of Kentucky.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 795
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue