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What were his dying words?



Item # 212794

August 10, 1813

THE WAR, New York, Aug. 10, 1813 This is an interesting and somewhat short-lived newspaper which came into existence for the expressed purpose of reporting news from the War of 1812.  When the war ended so did this newspaper.

The front page has: "New Naturalization Law-- The folllowing act has been approved & signed by the President..." plus there are 3 additional Acts of Congress, all relating to the War of 1812, and each signed in type by the President: James Madison. Also on the front page is "Torpedoes Again! which takes over 1 1/2 columns.

Page 2 has: "Chesapeake and Shannon" which is a letter from an officer tin the Navy to an officer in the Army, with some details concerning this famous naval battle (see photos). It is worth nothing that it was during this famous battle that the dying Capt. James Lawrence shouted his famous last words: "Don't Give Up The Ship!", but the report here notes that: "...capt. L...was mortally wounded, and fell exclaiming 'fire away, my lads.'" One of the bigger misquotes from history!

 Also on pg. 2 is a letter to Gen. Dearborn, and his response, signed by him in type: H. Dearborn.

Page 3 has: "Descent On Plattsburg" and "Canadian News" and "Naval General Orders" all of which take up the entire page.  The back page is taken up with: "Summary" and "Congressional--Transportation of Provisions" and "Requisitions on the Heads of Departments" and "British Barbarities" and "Naval & Marine Memoranda".

A wealth of fine reading on the War of 1812 in this issue!

Complete in 4 pages, just a slight bit of light foxing, and slightly irregular at the blank spine margin. Measures about 9 1/4 by 11 1/2 inches.

Category: War of 1812

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