George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 7 April 1794

From Henry Knox

War Department, April 7th 1794.


I have the honor to submit to your consideration, the propriety of embarking a detachment of recruits, of about fifty, now in this place, either for Charleston, or Georgia; in order to guard the batteries, for the present, which are to be erected upon the Sea coast of those States.1 I am Sir, Most respectfully, Your obedient Servant.

H. Knox


1On the erection of coastal fortifications in South Carolina and Georgia, see “An Act to provide for the Defence of certain Ports and Harbors in the United States,” 20 March (Stat description begins Richard Peters, ed. The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, from the Organization of the Government in 1789, to March 3, 1845 . . .. 8 vols. Boston, 1845-67. description ends . 1:345–46). For specific details about the fortifications being planned in these two states, 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 , 1:101–2. For GW’s reply, see his letter to Knox of this date.

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