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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|The Henry Knox Papers  July-September 1788
|Extract from the diary of Winthrop Sargent including information about a Chippewa or Ottawa Indian attack on General [Josiah] Harmar's regiment
|13 July 1788
|Sargent, Winthrop (1753-1820)
|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.
|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
|Sargent, Winthrop (1753-1820) Harmar, Josiah (1753-1813) St. Clair, Arthur (1737-1818)
|Native Americans; Westward Expansion; Government & Politics
|The Henry Knox Papers
|Sargent was secretary of the Northwest Territory. He was appointed in 1787 and served until 1798.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859