These are letters received by the Adjutant General's Office during the period 1805-21. Included are a few letters dated after 1821. They are a part of Record Group 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office. The images in this title were digitized from 144 rolls of the NARA microfilm publication, M566. Contents of each roll, as well as a list of significant consolidations of letters under one file year are provided at the end of the descriptive pamphlet for M566. Much of the content on this page has been taken from the DP. It can be viewed or downloaded here.
The letters reproduced in this microcopy were received from officers and enlisted men of the Army, the Secretary of War, the President, officials of other Government departments, Members of Congress, private persons, and business firms. The letters deal with the appointment, recruitment, transfer, pay, promotion, leave, discharge, and other personnel actions affecting officers and enlisted men of the Army; orders, regulations, and other issuances of the War Department; Indian affairs; military organizations; military installations; and many other subjects.
Not all the letters in this series were received by the Adjutant General's Office. Many, including nearly all the letters dated between 1805 and 1810, were received by the Secretary of War and then referred or later transferred to the Adjutant General's Office. Others were received at the headquarters of the various military divisions, districts, and departments between 1813 and 1821 and later added to this series. Among these are a large number received during 1818 and 1819 at the headquarters of Gen. Edmund P. Gaines, commander of the Eastern Section of the Division of the South, and at the headquarters of the 7th and 8th Military Departments, which contain a considerable amount of information relating to the Seminole War, events in or near Spanish Florida, and conditions in the southeastern United States.
A small proportion of the series here reproduced consists of drafts of contemporaneously prepared replies to letters in the series; copies of replies—some dated as recently as the 1930's— to requests for historical or genealogical information that was searched for in the letters; office memoranda and notes documenting searches made in these records by War Department clerks; charge cards containing varying amounts of information that were left in place of records removed from the files; cross-reference slips indicating the name under which letters of recommendation were filed; and cross reference cards inserted by the National Archives staff indicating the present location of letters that once formed part of this series.