Letter Concerning Whiskey Rebellion

Letter Concerning Whiskey Rebellion

Letter written by Henry Lee concerning the lack of provisions for troops involved in the Whiskey Rebellion. (1794)

The Whiskey Rebellion occurred during the presidency of George Washington in 1791.  The Rebellion was a protest against a tax imposed on farmers who used whiskey as a form of exchange.  This tax was implemented by Alexander Hamilton as a way to increase the power of the central government.  The whiskey tax was later repealed in 1801.

 

“I find from appearances and information at this place that a proper supply of provisions for the soldiers on their march is very precarious indeed.  No oven purchased to bake their bread no measures taken for a supply of forage or straw – this first article is essential to the officers horse and wagon [sic] horses employed in the transportation of the baggage and the second is equally necessary for the comfort of the troops during the night.”

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