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Hull, William.

DEFENCE OF BRIGADIER GENERAL W. HULL. Delivered before the General Court Martial . . . At Albany, March, 1814.

7.5 x 4.5, tan boards, spine label, 215 pp. Covers worn, stained, spotted, written in ink on the front cover "Defence of General Hull," spine label missing a few small pieces, shelfworn, corners bumped and worn, removal marks on endpapers, pages are toned, spotted and stained on lower corners. In 1812, Hull reluctantly accepted a commission as brigadier-general and the command of the army to defend the Michigan Territory and attack Upper Canada from Detroit. Hull made a suggestion to the Madison administration that a superior American force at Detroit might force the British to abandon their ships, thus allowing the Americans to take possession of these ships and saving the government the cost of building a fleet. In July of 1812, he arrived in Detroit and a short time later crossed into Amherstberg with his superior force, but he delayed the invasion asuming that the Canadian militia would desert. From that point, it all went wrong: His communications were cut off by the British and the Indians, the British captured Fort Mackinac, British forces reached Amherstberg, Hull returned to Detroit where he eventually surrendered his army. The court martial tried him for treason, cowardice and neglect of duty; he was found guilty on the last two charges and sentenced to be shot. Pres. Madison, who went along with Hull's suggestion, fully supported the decision but remanded the execution due to Hull's service in the Revolution. Hull remained in retirement until his death in 1825. ON THE BACK OF THE HALF TITLE IS A CLIPPED SIGNATURE OF WILLIAM HULL. ". . . COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS BE IT KNOWN ON THE 12TH DAY OF AUGUST AD 1791, BEFORE ME WILLIAM HULL, ESQ., JUSTICE OF THE PEACE." HULL MOVED TO MASSACHUSETTS AFTER THE REVOLUTION AND PRACTICED LAW IN THE CITY OF NEWTON. FIRST ED.

Book Id: 98-1190

Price: $1,250.00

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