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Collection Reference Number GLC00758
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1812 
Title Paul Hamilton to John Rodgers informing Commodore Rodgers that war has been declared against Great Britain
Date 18 June 1812
Author Hamilton, Paul (1762-1816)  
Recipient Rodgers, John  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description The Secretary of the Navy informs Commodore Rodgers that war has been declared against Great Britain, officially starting the War of 1812. Indicates that Rodgers is entitled to use his four vessels for attack and defense. Asks him to await further instructions from New York, but permits him to attack British cruisers near Sandy Hook, if the opportunity arises, after which he should return to port. Instructs him to relay these orders to Commodore Stephen Decatur.
Subjects War of 1812  Military History  Global History and Civics  Navy  
People Hamilton, Paul (1762-1816)  Rodgers, John (1773-1838)  Decatur, Stephen (1779-1820)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme War of 1812; Foreign Affairs; Naval & Maritime
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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