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Journey from the Pacific Ocean to Missouri... Chesapeake vs. Shannon... Constitution vs. Java...



Item # 647742

June 26, 1813

THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, June 26, 1813  Pages 1, 2 & a bit of page 3 are taken up with a fascinating article headed "American Enterprize" which is a detailed report on a journey from the Pacific Ocean to Missouri. One of the earliest, detailed reports of a journey across the Western wilderness I have seen in a newspaper. See photos for the beginning.
There is also early reporting of the naval battle between the Chesapeake & the Shannon, the British being the victor over Capt. Lawrence's ship. The report begins: "The Chesapeake--We have at length a British unofficial account of the capture of the Chesapeake, with some particulars from other sources. As we feared, the gallant Lawrence was slain & with him many of his valuable officers & crew killed & wounded--A slaughter, on both sides, unprecedented in the like space of time..." (see photos). It was during this battle that Capt. Lawrence uttered the immortal words "Don't Give Up The Ship!" (not printed here). There is another report headed: "British Account of the Capture of the Chesapeake" which has more detail (see photos).
This issue also have much reporting of the battle between the Constitution and the Java (see for portions). There is much more reporting on the War of 1812 under the heading: "Events of the War".
Sixteen pages, 6 1/4 by 9 1/2 inches, in nice 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, 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: Pre-Civil War

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