From Henry Knox
[Philadelphia] February 14. 1794.
I have the honor to submit a letter from major general Wayne of the 10th of last month with a number of enclosures which has been just received.1 I have the honor to be Sir, with the greatest respect Your most obedt Servt:
LS, DLC:GW; LB,DLC:GW.
1. The correct date of the enclosed letter from Anthony Wayne to Knox is 8 January. In this letter, written from his headquarters at Greenville, Ohio, Wayne acknowledged the receipt of letters from Knox of 25 and 29 Nov. and 7 Dec. 1793 (for these letters, see 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 , 285–91). He then related the successful construction of Fort Recovery, which was located about 23 miles north of Fort Greene Ville. According to Wayne this new fort was “an object of consequence to our future Operations as well as to afford an additional security to the Western Frontier.” To strengthen this fort’s defenses, Wayne deemed it “proper to advance with a small reenforcement of Mounted Infantry, accompanied by the Officers mentioned in the Extract from the General Orders of the 28th of Decr.” It also was “now furnished with a suffi cient Garrison well provided with Ammunition Artillery & Provision.” Wayne reported next on a skirmish between a small group of Indians and a party of soldiers sent “to reconnoitre a position between this place and Au Glaize preparatory to further operations” that resulted in one wounded and three dead Americans. A second party subsequently was dispatched to complete the mission (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 , 297–98).
The enclosed copy of Wayne’s letter to Kentucky governor Isaac Shelby of 6 Jan. 1794, offering help in suppressing an illegal expedition being planned against Spanish territory, is at PHi: Wayne Papers. The various returns and supply estimates that were also enclosed have not been identified. For a list of these enclosures, see JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 284.