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Unusual group obituary....



Item # 544666

February 15, 1810

BOSTON GAZETTE, Massachusetts, February 15, 1810

* Unusual obituary

Page 3 has a very unusual obituary prefaced with a statement that says: "Seldom have we had to record so melancholy a catastrophe as that which follows. To see our fine army of 2000 men reduced to nothing in so short a space of time, has cast a gloom over the people, who naturally ask, ‘What calamity is to assail us next?’ " After this is an extract of a letter to the editor of the United States Gazette concerning the reduction of the army: "I enclose you an abstract of the return of the army at New Orleans as made...by orders from the President....That out of an army of 2253 officers and privates there should in the short space of six months, and in time of peace, be found only 414 fit for duty? --Oh! Jefferson and Wilkinson what an account have you got render Somewhere!...".
Hereafter is a “Return of Wilkenson’s Army” much of which was reduced by disease and sickness on their return from New Orleans, as revealed in the extract of a letter from the Secretary of War to Congress: “The whole of the detachment has been affected by disease, and the number of deaths will...eventually ...exceed those in the return.” Quite an unusual obituary with an ornate border.
Large area of staining, some foxing, otherwise good. 4 pages.

Category: Pre-Civil War

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