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Napoleon escapes from Elba & returns to lead France... British account of the Battle of New Orleans...



Item # 647637

May 13, 1815

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, May 13, 1815  Beginning at the bottom of the front page & taking all of pages 2, 3 & 4 are the British reports of the Battle of New Orleans and the after-effects, including two lengthy letters each signed by John Lambert, one of the British generals. Included at the end is more than half of page of the: "Names of officers killed, wounded & missing in the action of the 8th of January." which was the Battle of New Orleans.
There is also content on the triumphant return of Napoleon Buonaparte after escaping from the island of Elba, announced by the mayor of Lyon, France, beginning: "Napoleon returns to this city...Inhabitants of Lyon, you again see in Napoleon the man who, in the year 8, came to snatch our fair country from the horrors of that anarchy which was devouring her..." plus there is another letter to the French soldiers beginning: "Follow soldiers--We have preserved for you our emperor, notwithstanding the numerous snares that have been laid for him, we restore him to you after traversing the ocean where he was surrounded by a thousand dangers, we have arrive don the sacred soil of our country..." and much more (see).
Another page has the formal announcement of Napoleon's escape, with a Paris, March 6 dateline: "His majesty (Louis XVIII) has received authentic information that Napoleon Bonaparte has escaped from Elba, and has landed, in the department of Var. A council was immediately called and the following ordinance issued..." with the text of the ordinance which takes defensive measures, noting: "Napoleon Bonaparte is declared a traitor and rebel for having appeared with arms in his hands in the department of Var...to arm against him, to arrest & carry him before a council of war..." with more.
Near the back are: "War Events" concerning the War of 1812 with some information concerning the naval battle of the Constitution vs. the Levant & Cyane.
Sixteen pages, measures 6 1/4 by 9 3/4 inches, very nice, clean condition.

This 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 it: "...(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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