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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.03933
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0085] July-September 1788 
Title Extract from the diary of Winthrop Sargent including information about a Chippewa or Ottawa Indian attack on General [Josiah] Harmar's regiment
Date 13 July 1788
Author Sargent, Winthrop (1753-1820)  
Document Type Diary
Content Description The diarist gives news of a Chippewa or Ottawa Indian attack on General [Josiah] Harmar's regiment, which was "stationed up the Muskingum River." Both sides suffered casualties. Writes, "This most flagitious insult seems to have been conducted with uncommon spirit, and a great degree of temerity-" Relates that the Indians raided stores that were intended for a treaty. Reports that some of the Delaware Indians "arrived on the day of this transaction and seem highly incensed at the insult." Adds that Northwest Territory Governor Arthur St. Clair has ordered the transfer of all provisions and stores to Fort Harmer, and dispatches to be released to "Indian Towns." A note in pencil written at the top of page one indicates that "W.S." may refer to Winthrop Sargent, although no creator is cited and this document does not appear to be written in Sargent's hand.
Subjects Frontiers and Exploration  American Indian History  Soldier's Diary  Westward Expansion  Military History  Death  Injury or Wound  Treaty  Military Supplies  Government and Civics  Northwest Territory  Military Provisions  
People Sargent, Winthrop (1753-1820)  Harmar, Josiah (1753-1813)  St. Clair, Arthur (1737-1818)  
Theme Native Americans; Westward Expansion; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Additional Information Sargent was secretary of the Northwest Territory. He was appointed in 1787 and served until 1798.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859