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Title Letter [manuscript]: Pittsburgh, Pa., to Thomas Mif[f]lin, [Philadelphia], Pa., 1791 Apr. 14
Author Irwin, John (1753-1808)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: April 14, 1791, letter from John Irwin, then a major in the 4th battalion of the Allegheny County militia who was acting for the county lieutenant, to Pennsylvania governor Thomas Mifflin, regarding the defense of the Pittsburgh-Allegheny County frontier against Indian attacks which followed Gen. Harmar’s defeat the previous fall. Irwin notes the militia strength required to defend the county and the need to obtain arms and ammunition. He also reports that American ally Cornplanter (Seneca chief) and his party of warriors had joined French Creek inhabitants at the fort in Vanango (i.e. Venango) and that hostile action was expected "when the trees get green".
Names Mifflin, Thomas (1744-1800); Cornplanter (c.1732-1836)
Places Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States
Keywords governor, frontier, attack, militia, chief, ammunition, hostility
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances; American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Revolutionary War officer in the Second Pennsylvania Battalion; Pittsburgh rope-maker of the firm John Irwin & Wife.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 441
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue