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David Henley Letters

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0736

These six documents show David Henley's appointment and service as an Agent of the United States Department of War in the Territory South of the River Ohio from 1793 to 1797. Among the subjects they discuss are pay for the militia stationed in Henley's vicinity, military procurement, the sale of two enslaved individuals, and the actions of local Native Americans.

Dates

  • 1793 August 31-1797 August 31

Language of Materials

English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

These six documents show David Henley's appointment and service as an Agent of the United States Department of War in the Territory South of the River Ohio from 1793 to 1797. Among the subjects they discuss are pay for the militia stationed in Henley's vicinity, military procurement, the sale of two enslaved individuals, and the actions of local Native Americans.

Biographical/Historical Note

David Henley was born on February 12, 1748 in Charleston, Massachusetts. He was commissioned as a Colonel in the Continental Army on January 1, 1777 and commanded a regiment that served at Valley Forge and participated in burning Charleston. He was later involved with Washington's spies and went on to supervise prisoners of war. Henley was court-martialed for stabbing an unarmed British prisoner in January of 1778 but was acquitted. After the war ended, Henley went to work for the Department of War. In 1793, he was appointed the Department's Agent in the Territory South of the River Ohio. Here, he was in charge of such matters as the local militia and relationships with Native Americans. Henley left this post in 1801 and died in Washington, D.C. on January 1, 1823.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

The University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections purchased these documents between 1972 and 1974.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480