Articles from March, 2014

The Affair at Odletown

March 30, 2014

  March 30, 1814 The Affair at Odletown “We have had an affair with the enemy, in which our troops have given him another test of firmness and valor.”–Major General Wilkinson to the Secretary of War, dated March 31, 1814, as …

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Fighting in the Backwoods of the Old Northwest

March 21, 2014

There were not many occasions during the War of 1812 when an official letter of an action would attract the attention of many newspaper editors, in all parts of the country.   First to come was the brief description of the …

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Life and Death on the Frontiers

March 15, 2014

Life and Death on the Frontiers I.  Encounter of Major Rector with Hostile Indians (printed in the Missouri Gazette, March 12, 1814) In the Gazette, Major Nelson Rector’s letter to his brother, Col. Rector, in St. Louis, was introduced by …

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News of the US: March 1814

March 1:  From New Orleans — “The smuggling at Barataria has greatly injured all honest traders.  La Fiete, the pirate and smuggler, is fortified on an island in the Lake Barataria, distant about 30 miles from this city.  . . …

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