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Winchester [ Virginia ] June 14, 1799 . “… on examining the Hats that have been sent on I find they are destitute of Cockades and loops.… The Recruiting money has been Received & distributed there was only a Sufficiency sent on to Recruit forty four men to a Company at eight dollars ⅌ man. An additional Supply will be Immediately wanted as Several of the officers of my Regiment have been verry...
Winchester [ Virginia ] June 30, 1799 . “… We have enlisted nearly Two hundred men for the 8th Regt many of whome are almost naked & extreamly dissatisfied with their Situations, as we were taught to believe that the cloathing would be ready to dress them as soon as they were enlisted. only a small Supply of Hats Shirts & Shoes have yet come to hand. I Beg Sir that you will exert your...
Winchester [ Virginia ] July 3, 1799 . “… Our Cloathing has not yet arrived which appears unaccountable as I am credably informed that the officers in maryland have received their proportions. My Duty has prevented me from making application in any other way than By letter. I trusted however that no preference would be given to personal applications that might be made by those who were nearer...
Winchester [ Virginia ] July 6, 1799 . “… Some of the officers wish to take their own Slaves as Servants & wish to be Informed whether any & what Compensation will be made for their Services.…” ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
Winchester [ Virginia ] July 17, 1799 . “… A partial Supply of Cloathing has at last arrived.… I Cannot help however Complaining of the Waistcoats that have been sent on one part of which—I mean the Backs—is absolutely Composed of Indifferent negro Cotton which is peculiarly disgusting to the Soldiery in this part of the Country.…” ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
Winchester [ Virginia ] July 20, 1799 . “One Quere in my last letter you did not answer (to wit) whether an officer had permission to take his Slave into service and whether any or what Compensation would be allowed him. I observe in the Regulations for Straw & fuel; servants & Batmen not soldiers, are mentioned But I have seen no law that allows them either pay Cloathing or provisions. You...
Winchester [ Virginia ] July 24, 1799 . “I have received your letter of the 12th Instant. Since the date of my last letter the Residue of the cloathing mentioned in yours have come to hand. we are much in want of the Horsemans Tents for the officers & I will thank you to Request of the S of war to order a Marque for my use as the one sent from Shepherds Town is not fit for Service.… Majr...
Winchester [ Virginia ] August 7, 1799 . “… I must Beg pardon for … urging a Remittance of money for the pay & Subsistence of the officers many of them are Really distressed for the want of It. I shall be obliged to you also to Inform me how they are to be paid for money advanced for postage of Letters Travelling expences and Stationary; the latter we are now supplied with by the Contractor ....
Winchester [ Virginia ] August 11, 1799 . “… Some of my officers are so distressed for money that I have been Obliged to procure a loan to enable them to go on with the Recruiting service. Their expences in continually Removing from post to post has entirely exhausted their Resources & I trust It will be Convenient at all events to send on at least their Subsistance & allowance for...
Winchester [ Virginia ] August 24, 1799 . “… The want of Coats & Vests for the Soldiers & Subsistance money for the officers are Verry Great Bars to the Success of the Recruiting Service. Many of the officers who are upwards of one hundred & fifty miles from their friends & Connections are entirely destitute of money & have no means of Procuring any.… The arms that we have Received are so...
Winchester [ Virginia ] August 25, 1799 . “Since I had the honor of writing to you yesterday a Supply of Cloathing & Horsemans Tents have come to hand which I am much pleased with. I am sorry however to find that there are no Jackets amongst them and only Eighty Coats. An additional Supply will be wanting verry soon as we are Tolerably Successfull in Recruiting.…” ALS , Hamilton Papers,...
Winchester [ Virginia ] September 16, 1799 . “… I Really think that a Supply of money for the Troops is absolutely Essential. Many of the Soldiers are Becomeing Verry uneasy & Restless having been informed by the enemies to Government that they are to Receive no pay, and the Report Rediculous as It may appear gains Credit; especially as the officers have no money to advance them to Remove...
Winchester [ Virginia ] October 6, 1799 . “… It is with the Utmost pain that I am again Compelled to ask for a Supply of money for the Troops. Many of the men who have been enlisted between five & six months have never Recd a Shilling of pay & only part of their Bounty & the arts & Insinuations of the Enemies to our administration has had such an Effect on the minds of many of them that I do...
Winchester [ Virginia ] October 10, 1799 . States that with the help of Tobias Lear he has selected ground for winter quarters for the Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Regiments. Adds that he “made this arrangement on a Supposition that the Troops are to Encamp in the same manner as During the Revolution war. If I am not Correct in my Ideas of the Business be pleased to Inform me.… as there is a...
Winchester [ Virginia ] October 16, 1799 . “I had forwarded pay & muster Rolls up to the 30th of September & was consoling myself with the hope of a Speedy Supply of money; when the post of yesterday Brought to my pay master (Instead of money) a large Supply of Blank Returns. From the paymasters Communication I Know not when we may expect a Supply as he seems to think it necessary that the...
Winchester [ Virginia ] October 19, 1799 . “… I shall march tomorrow but It is extreamly painfull to me to witness the Distress & Chagrin of the officers & Soldiers who have not money to discharge even the Claims of their washwomen.… a waggon arrived with a Supply of Coats Vests & Woolen overalls articles which were much wanted. In Concequence of my Request Mr Machee Superintendant of the...
I have this moment Received your letter of the 21st Instant Inclosed in one from the Commander in Chief. I Cannot Recollect any expression in my letter which I Conceived Coud induce you to Suppose that I meant to Build Barracks instead of Hutts. I think I Informed you that As there was not a Sufficiency of Timber on the public ground for Huting or Covering the whole of the Troops I had...
A few days ago I received a letter from Genl Lee informing me that he had some communications to make to me relative to the Recruiting service I accordingly waited on him and only this morning received your letter of the 18th of February: this I trust will account in a Satisfactory manner for what might otherwise be looked on as a criminal neglect of duty— The General & myself immediately...
since I had the honor of writing you a few days age, I have learnt that the State had been previously laid off into districts for Recruiting & that Contracts had been ordered to be made at the several Rendezvous for the Subsistance of the Recruits. I mentioned to you in my last letter that I conceived It would be necessary to make some alterations in the Rendesvous & expressed my Reasons in...
your letter of the 23rd Ultimo only came to hand yesterday I have in concequence thereof ordered a meeting of the officers that can be most expeditiously Assembled for the purpose of Electing a paymaster to the Regiment I shall also without delay Appoint a Quarter master & Adjutant & will by the next post Transmit you a list of all the appointments Major Morgan has Informed me that he shoud...
The Inclosed is my answer to your letter of the 23rd ultimo Yours of the 26th of March & the 13th. 15th. & 17th of the present month Came to hand yesterday and are now before me—I have called on the officers of my Regiment to meet me at this place on the 2nd day of the next month & shall proceed without delay to Carry your several orders into Effect— I expect there has been some mistake in...
I had the honor of Receiving your letter of the 24th ultimo together with one from your Aide De Camp Covering Acts & Regulations Respecting the military establishment which I shall duly attend to I herewith Inclose you the arrangement of The officers to the several Recruiting Rendezvous & have subjoined the appointments of the Staff. They are Gentlemen Who I Believe will fill their Respective...
I yesterday had the honor to receive your letter of the 13th of April ordering me to Assign the officers to the different Sub Districts I had previously Received a letter from you to the same Effect & complied with your orders without delay an account of which I Transmitted to you by the last mail I coud wish to have the Vacancies occasioned by the appointments of the Regimental staff & by non...
If proper persons have not been nominated to fill the Vacancies in my Regiment, I take the liberty of Recommending Mr David Meade Junr near Lexington in Kentuckey to fill one of them He is a young Gentleman of excellent character a firm friend to the American Government & a nephew of the Amiable & Worthy Colo Richard K Meade who I Believe is well Known to you & who I expect will write you on...
I have received a letter from the Secretary of war refering me to you for Information Respecting the Code of military Instructions which Is to be observed in Raising and Diciplineing the Troops for Service I wish to have them as soon as Convenient that I may distribute them amongst the officers Mr Thomas Burk of Berkly county Is Verry Strongly Recommended to me as a Cadet. As It appears that...
It is a matter of doubt whether an officer can with propriety enlist an apprentice without the consent of his master as I forsee there will be many disputes on this Subject I will thank you for your opinion & Instructions I am anctious to have the Vacancies filled as soon as possable particularly as Capt Washington is left without a Subaltern If a Sufficient number of Candidates have not...
Captain Lightfoot has just Called on me with the Inclosed letters, which exactly corrispond with the Information I have received from other Sources Relative to the Unfavourable Situation of Stantoun at present as a Recruiting Rendezvous. I feel myself verry much at a loss How to act. But as Colo Thurston the Contractor has chearfully agreed to furnish Rations at Woodstock — as Captain Taylor...
Inclosed are several letters of Recommendation in favour of Mr William King a young man who wishes to enter into the Service of his Country & who Bears a Verry Respectable Character & one that I Believe woud make a good officer In the Recruiting Instructions that have been forwarded; the Commanding officer of a Circle is ordered to Transmit to the Inspector Genl an account of all deserters, as...
I Shall be Glad to be Informed whether the Eagles for the Hats of the Private Soldiers are to be sent on or whether I may be permitted to have them made at this place. An Artist that I have conversed with on the subject Tells me that he Can afford to make them of pewter for 3 Cents but that Tin ones will Cost 9 & that he thinks that pewter will look much better When I distributed the...
I have just Received the Inclosed letter from Majr Campbell which will Convince you that there is little probability of Recruiting men at charlotsville as Amherst courthouse is in the same District I have directed Majr Campbell to Remove Capt Chinn to that place untill I hear from you; provided supplies of provisions Can be obtained on as good Terms as at charlotsville. we are still without...