Battle of the Thames, in which Kentuckians Defeated the British, French, and Indians, October 5, 1813, with a List of the Officers and Privates Who Won the Victory.

Louisville, (KY): John P. Morton and Co., printers to the Filson Club, 1903. First edition, Filson Club Publication 18. Large 4to. xii, 274 pp. Illustrated, 29 plates, many of them portraits. Gen. William Henry Harrison's forces, the victors in the Upper Canada battle that witnessed the demise of the Indian chief Tecumseh, included a large contingent of troops from Kentucky, approximately 3500 Kentucky militiamen under the command of Gov. Isaac Shelby and 1000 cavalrymen, mostly from that state, under the command of Col. Richard M. Johnson, later Vice-President of the United States under Martin Van Buren. Enclosed in an accompanying envelope are several related items: (1) Manuscript discharge order, 5 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches, for Willis Oliver, signed by Capt. Wm. Church who commanded a company at the Battle of the Thames, made as per a general order from Harrison, dated October 6, 1812, (2) an autograph letter, 5 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches, from Willis Oliver to Charles O'Hara, attempting to collected a debt, his friend Capt. Church acting as his agent in the matter, dated September 1, 1823, (3) a "certificate of service" issued by the Adjutant's General Office, of the Kentucky Volunteers U.S. Army office in Frankfort, Kentucky, attesting to Church's service under Col. Richard M. Johnson during the War of 1812, dated August 3, 1914, (4) two typed letters from the author of this book Bennett Young, who served as a cavalry commander in the Confederate army during the Civil War, on "Confederate Veteran" letterhead, signed with Young's stamp, to Berryman and related to the matters discussed in the other enclosed pieces, both dated in July, 1914, and (5) an 1857 steel engraving, 8 5/8 x 11 1/8 inches, from the Chappel painting of the Battle of the Thames, depicting the death of Tecumseh. A few marginal pencil notes by political cartoonist C.K. Berryman who listed relatives in this battle; the correspondence and the service certificate in the envelope are addressed to Berryman. Inscribed by the author at the head of the title page. A good copy, inscribed and with other interesting associated material. Contemporary three-quarter leather (rubbed, rear joint separated, front joint cracked, now held together by a polyester dust jacket) and cloth, gilt spine title. (9517). Item #62703

Price: $300.00

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