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Title:[Letter] 1841 Jan. 8, Knoxville, Tennessee [to] James K. Polk / William Caswell : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Caswell, William

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Date: January 8, 1841
Extent: 3p
Summary:This document is a letter dated January 8, 1841 from William Caswell to the governor of Tennessee, James K. Polk in Nashville. The purpose of the letter is to inform the governor of the number and kind of public arms in Caswell's possession. He includes specific numbers of muskets, broad swords, carbines, and other military arsenal.
Collection:Governor James K. Polk Papers
Document: sl664

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Jany [January ] 8th 1841[added: To His Excellency Jas [James]. K. Polk ] Sir

I am instructed by the Major General of the 1st division, to report to you the number and kind of public arms deposited here, from an examination, made by the Assistant Quarter Master General and myself.

There are 1280 U.S [United States]. Musket, with their accompanyments [accompaniments]__ 34 Broad Swords, (many of them damaged by rust). and 20 Carbines, and these are all the public arms here.

We did not open the boxes containing the arms, because we supposed it would injure them to do so, and besides we were satisfied of their contents, from this, that there were 64 boxes, all of the same size, and nearly all of them were marked as weighing 316 lbs [pounds]__ and a great many of them were marked "20 Muskets" hence we inferred that there were 1280 Muskets, and this corresponds with a letter from Genl [General]. N. Smith to Col [Colonel]. Churchwell in which he stated that he had forwarded to Knoxville , that number of muskets.

all the other boxes (with two exceptions), were of a larger size, all alike and marked "Accts," one of them being open contained cartridge boxes, bayonet

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scabbards, with their scraps, and these boxes must contain the accountements [accountants] belonging to the Muskets__ The two boxes mentioned as exceptions, were open, and [added: one] contained 34 broad iron scabbard swords, or sabres, & the other contained 20 smoothed bored guns, which I have above demoninated Carbines__

This communication is ordered principally because several Companies of Cavalry have made application so the Majr [Major]. Genl. for swords pistols, &c [and et cetera] which are not here, and believing that a portion of such arms are due to this Division if a proper distribution was made, it is therefore hoped that your Excellency will forward to Knoxville all such arms as this Division may be enstilled [instilled] to as early as practicable,__ you will thereby greatly oblige the Volunteer Corps' of this Division and particularly

[added: Yr [Your] Respectful & obt [obedient]. Servt.]
Wm [William] R. Caswell
[added: [unclear: aid de camp ] to the Majr Genl [Major General]. 1st Division]

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Jany [January] 10th 41 [1841]
To His Excellency James H. Polk
Col [Colonel]. Wm [William] R. Cazwell aid of Mjr Genl [Major General]__ Brazilton__ [unclear: repart ] report of Public army deposition at KnoxvilleJany [January] 21st 1841.__ Maj Genl Brazilton & Col. Cazwell Jany 30th 1841__ (Sir military book p. 14 & 15)]

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