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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.05975
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0120] October-December 1793 
Title Anthony Wayne to Henry Knox about the French Revolution, troop behavior and army supplies
Date 15 November 1793
Author Wayne, Anthony (1745-1796)  
Recipient Knox, Henry  
Document Type Correspondence; Government document; Military document
Content Description Marked "Private." Makes reference to the "baneful leaven," the radical democratic principles of the French Revolution, influencing troops in his army. Mentions that Thomas Paine's "The rights of man, has been held up as a Criterion, even of Military Government. Attempts have frequently been made to evade & disobey Orders, under various & unworthy pretexts & idle quibles [sic], unknown at any period before that time, in the Legion." Reports that the most visible actor is Major Cushing "who is a very artful & seditious man." Also mentions a Captain Gunn. Goes into some of the insubordination of the troops. Is waiting for the right circumstances to make a proper example of someone to stop these acts. Expresses his anger over the poor conduct and service of contractors supplying the army. Believes he might have to retreat because of lack of supplies. Mentions these facts in confidence, but believes they will soon be common knowledge. Says "NB I am under great obligations to Genl. Posey - Genl Wilkinson has but recently joined, having been very ill."
Subjects Revolutionary War General  Military History  Literature and Language Arts  Civil Rights  Military Law  Mutiny  Frontiers and Exploration  Northwest Indian War  Northwest Territory  Westward Expansion  Military Supplies  Health and Medical  France  French Revolution  
People Wayne, Anthony (1745-1796)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  Paine, Thomas (1737-1809)  
Place written SW Branch of Miami River, Ohio
Theme Government & Politics; Westward Expansion; Native Americans; Arts & Literature; Health & Medicine; Foreign Affairs
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859