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President James Monroe War Of 1812 Autograph Signed Letter

President James Monroe War of 1812 autograph signed letter


President James Monroe War of 1812 autograph signed letter    President James Monroe War of 1812 autograph signed letter



President James Monroe self autographed letter dated September 3, 1814. Presided over a particularly harmonious and prosperous time in this country known as the "Era of Good Feelings" and created the "Monroe Doctrine" making it US policy. This original manuscript letter, written and signed entirely by James Monroe, is dated September 3, 1814. Just 9 days after the British had burned Washington DC during the War of 1812, while he was the Secretary of War and prior to his Presidency. It was intended for an American military or naval commander (possibly Admiral Perry, Admiral Barney or General Hungerford).

The letter introduces some men who want to help attack the British fleet in the Potomac. Permit me to present to your acquaintance Genls. They are desirous of uniting their aid, so far as they may be able, in giving effect to the efforts to demolish the squadron in the river. By placing them with you, I know that I advance them to the post of danger & of honor. Of the men mentioned, Samuel Ringgold was currently a member of the House of Representatives and a general of the militia.

John Peter Van Ness had been a Congressman and was now a major general and official in the District of Columbia. Tilghman was undoubtedly a member of the famous Tilghman family of Maryland. It is unclear as to which of Monroe's three younger brothers he was referring to. At this time in American history, British forces, under the leadership of General Robert Ross and Sir George Cockburn, entered the Potomac around August 22 and proceeded up the river, attacking Bladenburg on August 24 and reaching Washington DC the following day. They burned the Capitol and the White House, and a number of other government buildings before retiring their boats when a storm blew up.

Secretary of War, John Armstrong, was humiliated by the attack and resigned his position on August 30. He was replaced by James Monroe and it was under Monroe's leadership that the British fleet would be bombarded as they sailed back down the Potomac towards Baltimore.

The men mentioned in the letter were to be assigned to these forces that would attack the British. This letter is in very good condition and of extreme significance as letters written during this dark period of American history are quite uncommon.

Quality War of 1812 letters are extremely scarce and significant ones from future presidents involved in the conflict are very rare. Certificate of Authenticity and satisfaction guaranteed by Heritage Collectors' Society (HCS), Inc. The item "President James Monroe War of 1812 autograph signed letter" is in sale since Wednesday, November 16, 2011.

This item is in the category "Collectibles\Autographs\Historical". The seller is "heritagecs" and is located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.


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President James Monroe War of 1812 autograph signed letter    President James Monroe War of 1812 autograph signed letter