CREATOR: Bissell, Daniel (1768-1833), United States General and Commandant of the U.S. Military Department of Missouri immediately following the ceding of the Louisanan Territory to the United States from France.
SCOPE: The correspondence covers the years during Gen. Bissell's time as Missouri Territory Commandant. Correspondents include Gen. James Wilkinson; Lieut. Zebulon M. Pike; Gov. William Henry Harrison; Henry Dearborn; William Clark; Frederick Bates; Gov. Meriwether Lewis; and Auguste Chouteau
EXTENT: 31 letters or documents in bound volume.
HISTORY: Immediately after the Louisiana Territory was ceded by France to the United States, Gen. Daniel Bissell (1768-1833) was appointed Commandant of the U.S. Military Department of Missouri. He built, by government order, the contanment at Bellefontaine, just north of St. Louis. As Commandant, Bissell officially welcomed the expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to St. Louis. After his military career ended, Bissell retired to a large tract of land on the Bellefontaine Road near St. Louis.
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M-009 General Daniel Bissell Papers (.pdf)
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