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Collection Reference Number GLC01743.02
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1816 
Title A general account of Robert Swartwout's military duties between 1813 and 1816
Date 22 November 1816
Author Monroe, James (1758-1831)  
Document Type Military document
Content Description Written by Monroe as Secretary of State, recollecting the appointment and duties of Quartermaster-General Robert Swartwout, who served from March 1813 to June 1816. Monroe also served as Secretary of War in 1814-1815 and would have been his superior during those years. Swartwout was apparently seeking documents after questions of his conduct came up. Using cautious wording, Monroe recollects authorizing Swartwout's recommendations for deputies and assistants in January 1815. Also says it was decided to raise a large force for an approaching campaign and gave Swartwout the necessary powers to prepare for it and that Swartwout left Washington at that time to execute his orders. Also remembers ordering Swartwout to dispose of any stores that would have been useless after the war was over. Says he returned to Washington to dispose of articles of war "to avoid all possible loss to the publick."
Subjects War of 1812  President  Military History  Military Supplies  Finance  
People Monroe, James (1758-1831)  Swartwout, Robert (1779 - 1848)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme War of 1812; The Presidency
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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