Fonds 2003/27 - United States War Dept Secretary fonds

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United States War Dept Secretary fonds

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CA ON00093 2003/27

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  • 1800-1863, predominant 1810-1814 (Creation)

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7 microfilm reels; 35 mm

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During the American Revolution, military affairs were largely supervised by the Continental Congress, and under the Articles of Confederation a secretary of war was put in charge of defense matters. In Aug., 1789, the U.S. War Dept., headed by the Secretary of War with cabinet rank, was created to organize and maintain the U.S. army under the command of the President in time of peace and war. Subsequent legislation expanded the department's organization, and until 1903 the commanding general of the army and various staff departments aided the Secretary in guiding the military establishment. Its supervision of naval affairs was soon transferred (Apr., 1798) to the U.S. Dept. of the Navy.

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Fonds consist of correspondence with the Secretary of War from November 1800- September 4 1863, including the War of 1812. Correspondence covers operations of the army, administration of the War Dept., appropriations, military commissions, military posts and establishments, general courts martial and annual reports, appointments, militia lists, promotions, pay lists, accounts, and rolls. Signed persons include the President of the United States James Madison, Secretaries of War John Armstrong and James Munroe, Chief Clerk Daniel Parker, Adjutant General Charles Nourse and US Marshall to the District of Columbia Tench Ringgold.

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The immediate source of acquisition is unknown.

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  • English

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Original records are held at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.

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The following related material can be found Document Collection:
2003/31 J. Mackay Hitsman fonds.

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Original records are held at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.

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Researchers should also consult the DHH library under the subject heading "United States - History - War of 1812".

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Researchers should also consult the DHH library under the subject heading "United States - History - War of 1812".

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