Wilkinson, James (1757-1825). American soldier. DS, 1p, approx. 6 x 8 in., Greenville [Ohio]. April 22, 1796. To the Commissary, "Please to issue forty pounds of bread also three gallons of Whiskey and two Quarts of Salt for the Miami Indians." Signed "Jas. Wilkinson, B Gl." (Brig. General). Wilkinson was second in command under General Anthony Wayne from March 1792 until Wayne's death when he became commander-in-chief.
Wilkinson was in the pay of Spanish authorities in New Orleans, a near-treasonous relationship. He spent most of his time under General Wayne trying to undermine his superior's reputation. But Wayne's victory at Fallen Timbers and concessions negotiated at Greenville meant that Wilkinson's efforts had little effect.
Ink spot affecting the year in the date.
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