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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1812
|Benjamin Tallmadge to James McHenry discussing general issues, including politics and the War of 1812
|29 November 1812
|Tallmadge, Benjamin (1754-1835)
|Comments on McHenry's retirement. Describes Baltimore as "almost ruined, as a place suitable for Gentlemen who loved [George] Washington & inbibed his sentiments." Comments on congressional activities, the failure of a bill proposed by congressman (and former Maryland governor) Robert Wright, the House's passage of a bill raising army pay and protecting soldiers with debt. Also mentions early defeats in the War of 1812: "Our Northern & Western Armies seem to be doomed to misfortune and Disgrace." McHenry was a former secretary of war. Tallmadge was then a Connecticut congressman.
|War of 1812 Federalists President Politics Congress Law Soldier's Pay Military History Debt Finance Global History and Civics
|Tallmadge, Benjamin (1754-1835) McHenry, James (1753-1816) Washington, George (1732-1799) Wright, Robert (1752-1826)
|War of 1812; Government & Politics; Banking & Economics; The Presidency
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|The American strategy called for a three-pronged invasion of Canada and heavy harassment of British shipping. The attack on Canada, however, was a disastrous failure. At Detroit, 2000 American soldiers surrendered to a much smaller British and Indian force. An attack across the Niagara River, near Buffalo, New York, resulted in 900 American prisoners of war when the New York State militia refused to provide support. Along Lake Champlain, a third army retreated into U.S. territory after failing to cut undefended British supply lines. By the end of 1812, British forces controlled key forts in the Old Northwest, including Detroit and Fort Dearborn, the future site of Chicago. In this excerpt, Benjamin Tallmadge (1754-1835), who had served as a colonel during the Revolution and as an agent for the Ohio Company, a land acquisition company, comments on the U.S. army's deplorable condition.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859