James Taylor papers  1809-1812
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Collection Scope and Content Note

The James Taylor papers contain 5 letters and 2 documents related to Taylor's tenure as paymaster at the United States Army barracks in Newport, Kentucky.

The James Taylor papers consist of the following items:

  • January 3, 1809: James Taylor to Secretary of War Henry Dearborn, recommending Captain John Weaver, Kentucky Militia, for a commission in the United States Army
  • February 25, 1809: James Taylor to Secretary of War Henry Dearborn, describing the loss of a supply ship carrying grain and corn on the turbulent Ohio River
  • November 8, 1809: United States Army Paymaster Robert Brent to James Taylor, regarding the official status of Ensign Gilham and authorizing Taylor to pay army troops traveling past Newport on the Ohio River
  • November 11, 1809: James Taylor to Secretary of War William Eustis, reporting the progress of repairs and construction at Newport barracks and discussing reimbursement for related expenses
  • September 9, 1810: Captain Joseph Cross, Commanding Officer at Newport, ordering the garrison to refer to the post as Fort Eustis
  • August 15, 1811: Colonel John P. Boyd, Commanding Officer at Newport, return for wood, straw, lime, and brick used in construction at Newport barracks
  • [Mid-1812]: United States War Department, reconciling expenses incurred by James Taylor and presenting a summary of his expenses for 1811.

The donor has collected, arranged, transcribed, and annotated each document and has written a well-researched collection description.

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