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Battle of Queenston Heights...



Item # 644843

October 31, 1812

THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Oct. 31, 1812  There are several pages with reports headed: "Events of the War" with a major portion taken up with a lengthy letter: "...from major-general VanRensellaer...to major general Henry Dearborn..." datelined at Lewistown, Oct. 14, 1812. This is almost entirely concerned with the battle of Queenston Heights during which he led his 600 man force across the Niagara River, killing British General Isaac Brock in the process. But Rensselaer would be defeated by the 1000 man British force when the N.Y. militia refuses to come to his aid on grounds that their commission does not require them to proceed beyond the boundaries of the state. Queenston Heights is in Ontario. This is followed by yet another report headed: "The Battle of Queenstown" which takes over a full page. Only portions of these lengthy reports are shown in the photos.
Sixteen pages,  6 by 9 1/2 inches, in nice condition.

This small size newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. As noted in Wikipedia, this title: "...(was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics...considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: War of 1812

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