Category Archives: War of 1812

Handwriting of John Mix, 1813

I’m back in the War of 1812 correspondence files of Connecticut Governor John Cotton Smith, and Quartermaster General John Mix had the most adorable handwriting.  No, really, look: Beautifully legible, if definitely unusual in shape, and it looks almost like … Continue reading

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War of 1812: Politicians keep in touch

I’m now working on transcribing some miscellaneous correspondence from the papers of Connecticut Governor John Cotton Smith.  Most of this is letters to the governor, including this one from Congressional Representative John Tallmadge, dated December 24, 1812: Since I came … Continue reading

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War of 1812: Money issues, and issuing money

At the time of the War of 1812, there was no single national paper currency.  The U.S. treasury issued “notes,” but so did state-chartered banks and even states.  And in August 1814, the government’s finances were in such a shambles … Continue reading

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Brigadier Cushing surprises me.

On 6th November, the Brigadier responded to an earlier letter from Col. Elisha Tracy, who was in charge of purchases at Norwich.  Much of what he said was routine and unsurprising.  It’s the bit at the end that startled me. … Continue reading

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The tribulations of Brig. Gen. Cushing, continued

Things did not improve for the Brigadier General between September and October 1814, although at least there was no British assault or serious threat of one during that time.  On the 11th, he wrote to William Jones, Governor of Rhode … Continue reading

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War of 1812: S.N.A.F.U.

The Order Book for Military District #2 (CT and RI) was very tame, but as I mentioned, the last entry referred to “hardships & privations.”  Having started on transcribing a letter book of Brigadier General Thomas H. Cushing, I begin … Continue reading

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War of 1812: Order book’s last entry

I’ve finished transcribing the order book (39 pages of 10-point text) and found the last entry very interesting, given the general context of the war in Connecticut and Rhode Island.  Here it is, in its entirety: Military District N’o 2 … Continue reading

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