General Wilkinson was an interesting man – I have lost myself for just a few minutes this morning reading about his life. Our new project this week is the U.S., General James Wilkinson’s Order Book, 1796-1808. In 1796, upon the death of General Wayne, President Washington promoted Wilkinson to Major General of the Legion Army – this is after General Wayne had attempted to have him court martialed! Are the records we are keying as interesting as the stories told about General Wilkinson? You’ll have to download an image set or two to find out.
The handwriting on the Order pages I have seen is beautiful and the typing on the Index Entries isn’t bad either. This is a small project and it will go quickly. Please review the project instructions and field helps carefully. Here are a few tips:
1. Dates on the Order pages are only being keyed if they are in the header at the beginning of the Order. If you encounter dates as you read through the order these should not be keyed.
3. If you encounter a record with no names it should be classified as a Cover page form type.
4. If you encounter multiple ranks enter both separated by a comma.
5. Have fun.
Image sets will be made available in the next 1-2 hours.