2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 8, 2016 9:19 AM by pconnell

    Whiskey Rebellion Rebels


      Which record groups would contain information about the whiskey rebels in the Whiskey Rebellion? I am researching the individuals who were not only brought to trial, but those who were tracked afterwards. Who was on a list of rebels? Were there some type of warrants for their arrest?

      There are a lot of records for the troops which were raised, but I am searching for the rebels themselves.

      Thank you in advance for any help in this effort.


        • Re: Whiskey Rebellion Rebels
          Kelly Osborn Tracker

          A quick search of our catalog search led one of our archivists to this item: Indictment of William Bradford and John Mitchellfrom the U.S. Circuit Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. (These were two who were indicted for stirring up the rebellion as Raising Revenue tells me.) My guess would be to contact NARA Philadelphia, which holds the Circuit Court records for Pennsylvania.


          Another archivist suggested searching Founders.archives.gov, which mostly finds official notices about the Whiskey Rebellion, but also a citation to William Hogeland, The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America’s Newfound Sovereignty, N.Y., 2006. There are also some detailed reports about the issue that are from RG  58, Letters of Commissioner of Revenue, 1792–1793. For example, this one giving a summary of attitudes in the states: To Alexander Hamilton from Tench Coxe, 19 October 1792.  The footnotes for that letter contain lots of links to other letters from the Hamilton Papers.


          We hope this helps!

          • Re: Whiskey Rebellion Rebels

            Ms. Peake,


            Please send your request to philadelphia.archives@nara.gov and an archivist will get back to  you within 10 business days.  We hold a number of files in RG 21 relating to prosecution of the rebels.  The files are not 100% complete, but should be of interest.


            Patrick Connelly


            The National Archives at Philadelphia

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