George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 2 July 1792

From Henry Knox

War department 2 July 1792


I have the honor respectfully to submit to your consideration certain principles for the formation of the four sub Legions, and for the arrangeme⟨nt⟩ of the commissioned officers thereof.1

And also in case of a reduction of any of the new troops that the officers should be reduced by Lot. I have the honor sir to be with perfect respect Your humble Servant

H. Knox

ALS, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW. The mutilated text is supplied in angle brackets from the letter-book copy.

1On 13 July, Knox sent Anthony Wayne “the arrangement of the Officers to the four Sub Legions, the principles of which were approved by the President of the United States” (Knopf, Wayne, description begins Richard C. Knopf, ed. Anthony Wayne, a Name in Arms: Soldier, Diplomat, Defender of Expansion Westward of a Nation; The Wayne-Knox-Pickering-McHenry Correspondence. Pittsburgh, 1960. description ends 32). For the text of Knox’s “Organization of the Army in 1792,” which he communicated to the House of Representatives on 27 Dec. 1792, see ASP, Military Affairs, description begins Walter Lowrie et al., eds. American State Papers. Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. 38 vols. Washington, D.C., Gales and Seaton, 1832–61. description ends 1:40–41.

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