George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 5 February 1792

From Henry Knox

5 Feby 1792.


I will examine the several objects of your queries and observations and let you know the result. I have the honor now to submit a return of the troops,1 I am most respectfully Your humble Servt



1For GW’s request for a return of all troop dispositions in the U.S. Army, see Henry Knox to Tobias Lear, 31 Jan. 1792, n.1. The enclosed “Return of the Troops in the service of the United States,” dated 4 Feb. 1792 and signed by Knox, reads:

Non commisd & privates
At Fort Washington  459
Fort Jefferson  117
Fort Hamilton  104
Fort Knox  107
Rapids of Ohio   17
Muskingum   43
Blockhouse at the Dry Ridge   12
Fort Franklin   35
Pittsburg  146
On Command—escorting Mr Ludlow the Surveyor—attending sick—in pursuit of deserters &c. &c.   44
Detachment of 2d Regt under Captain Cushing probably assigned at Fort Washington 122
1,206 On the Western frontiers.
In Georgia  326
Philadelphia   50
Reading   20
New York    7
West-Point   33
Middletown Connecticut   11
Springfield Massachusetts   14
Boston   19
Actually in service 1,686
Deficient  442
Establishment 2,128 Non commisd & privates.

(DLC:GW). A footnote indicated that “Burbeck’s & late Savage’s companies of artillery—Smiths of 1st Regt & Roberts &c. Mills’s of 2d Regt infantry” made up the troops in Georgia. On 9 Feb. Knox sent Lear for delivery to the president maps of Josiah Harmar’s and Arthur St. Clair’s marches, as well as an “old Magazine” in which was published GW’s journal of his Fort Necessity campaign, which Knox requested to be returned (DLC:GW). Lear returned the maps and the magazine to Knox on 17 Feb. (DLC:GW).

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