The Lyman Copeland Draper Manuscript Collection, when it came to the Wisconsin Historical Society, was like the working files of many scholars, a mass of partially sorted papers. They were organized by Society staff into 491 volumes divided into 50 series of varying lengths, arranged by geographic area, subject and individual. The Draper Series, of which this is Volume IV, is devoted to the publication of original documentary material obtained, primarily, from the Draper Manuscript Collection, and continues with the account of the Revolutionary War on the Western frontier from 1778 until 1779. This book is a continuation of Volume III, which closed with the transfer of General Hand to the Eastern frontier and the appointment of General Lachlan McIntosh as the new commander of the Western frontier. The documents and material include contemporary reports, journals, memoranda, maps, manuscripts, notes, muster rolls, lists of participants, interviews, and more. As with the previous volume, the editors transcribe numerous original documents, and make extensive use of footnotes to provide explanation and sources for further investigation.