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United States. War Department (1787-1947)


The United States Department of War, also called the War Department (and occasionally War Office in the early years), was the United States Cabinet department originally responsible for the operation and maintenance of the United States Army. The War Department existed from August 7, 1789 until September 18, 1947, when it split into Department of the Army and Department of the Air Force and joined the Department of the Navy as part of the new joint National Military Establishment (NME), renamed the United States Department of Defense in 1949.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

United States War Department records

Identifier: MS-652
Overview United States War Department, (1789-1947). The collection contains letters to the Paymaster General in Washington, DC from various officers and others.

US War Department Pension Office letter

Mss 828523
Identifier: Mss 828523
Overview In English.

War Department letter

Mss 791207
Identifier: Mss 791207
Scope and Contents Letter from the War Department in Washington to the President of N. H. order from Washington to recruit seventy-five men for army.