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Title Letter [manuscript]: Clarke [i.e. Clark] County, [Ky.], to Brig. Gen. Green Clay, Fort Meigs, Ohio, 1813 June 9
Author Lewis, Asa K.
Date
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: June 9, 1813, letter from Asa K. Lewis to Brig. Gen. Green Clay, commander of the Kentucky troops sent to relieve the American forces under siege at Fort Meigs, regarding Lewis’ participation at Fort Meigs in Col. Dudley’s disastrous north shore assault. Lewis describes the Kentuckians’ landing and the confusion regarding the orders to disable British guns, but not pursue British troops, which led to the rout. Lewis then describes the troops’ surrender and massacre by the Indians. He recounts how his own life was saved by the British squadron commander and his subsequent treatment as a prisoner of war. British officer Henry Proctor’s remarks to him are noted, as is news of mutual friends in Kentucky.
Names Clay, Green (1757-1826); Dudley, William (d.1813); Proctor, Henry (c.1763-1822)
Places Clark County, Kentucky, Ohio, United States
Keywords war, fort, prisoner of war, army, battle, warfare, soldiers, personal account, War of 1812, massacre
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances; American Indians and the European Powers; American Indians and the US Government
Culture Area Northeast, Southeast
Additional Information Clark County, Kentucky, resident and Kentucky volunteer officer in the War of 1812.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 512
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue