This past weekend I found a great new historical reference - well, new to me anyway. George Mason University has yet another great source for American History. WarDepartmentPapers.org is a project of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media that has digitized documents from the U.S. War Department long-considered lost since November 8, 1800 when a fire nearly destroyed all records of the department.
The project and the results open a window to historians that shed light on numerous aspects of U.S. policy for which the War Department was responsible including Indian Affairs, Naval Affairs, Veterans Affairs, militia and regular Army. You can follow the progress of the project by reading the blog here.