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Basis for a charge of cowardice... Battle of Wild Cat Creek...



Item # 626405

December 28, 1812

THE WAR, New York, Dec. 28, 1812 

* Battle of Wild Cat Creek
* Indians ambush Samuel Hopkins Infantry


The front page begins with a letter from Buffalo, signed by: Peter B. Porter, refuting the account of his failure to invade Canada as reported by General Smyth. This is a fascinating incident, as Wikipedia notes: "...After the failed attack on Canada, Smyth was insulted by Brigadier General Peter B. Porter, who accused Smyth of cowardice. Smyth challenged Porter to a duel, but both men went unscathed...". Note that in this report is: "...In ascribing...the late disgrace on this frontier to the cowardice of general Smyth...", the accusation of cowardice.
The ftpg. also has a letter from an officer in the N.W. Army, near Prophet's Town, with details of the Battle of Wild Cat Creek. Page 2 has n interesting letter concerning the "...mortification at the idea of the British flag being struck to an American frigate..." referencing the capture of the Guerriere by the Americans. Page 3 has a bit more on the Guerriere and on the taking of  the Macedonian, in addition to another article: "Capture of the Macedonian". Other war content as well.
Four pages, 9 3/4 by 12 1/4 in., never-trimmed margins, very nice, clean condition.

This is a fascinating, short-lived newspaper, having begun in 1812 with the exclusive purpose of reporting on the War of 1812 (hence the title). When the war ended, so did this newspaper.

Category: War of 1812

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