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Collection Reference Number GLC02541.02
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1823 
Title An account of the execution of Major John Andre
Date 18 September 1823
Author North, William (1755-1836)  
Document Type Miscellany
Content Description Details the execution of Major John Andre, accused of being a spy, and expresses his sympathetic feelings toward Andre's unfortunate fate. Describes how Baron Von Steuben could not comply with Andre's wish to suffer a soldier's death by being shot since the only suitable death for a spy is hanging.
Subjects Death  Revolutionary War  Military History  Military Law  Global History and Civics  Death  Death Penalty  Prisoner  Treason  American Statesmen  Spying  
People North, William (1755-1836)  Von Steuben, Friedrich Wilhelm August Heinrich Ferdinand (1730-1794)  André, John (1750-1780)  
Place written New London, Connecticut
Theme Law; The American Revolution
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information John André was the aide-de-camp of Sir Henry Clinton, the British commander-in-chief. He was involved in Benedict Arnold's treason plot to surrender West Point to the British. He was captured by the American forces and hanged as a spy in Tappan, New York on October 2, 1780. Many on both sides felt that Arnold should have been the one to die for treason and that André just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but Washington had no choice but to punish him as a spy.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859