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Title Papers [manuscript]: 1878-1945
Author Dudley, Thomas Parker (b.1792)
Document Type Correspondence; Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Dec. 17, 1878, letter from Thomas P. Dudley to his stepson, Carter Henry Harrison, later mayor of Chicago, recounting his experiences as a U.S. soldier and captive of the Indians during the War of 1812. Included are details of the Battle of Raisin River and subsequent massacre. The circumstances of the wounded Dudley’s own survival, capture by an Indian aligned with the British, march to Detroit, release, and return to Kentucky via Fort Niagara are also noted, as is Dudley’s service in the Battle of New Orleans. Also typescript copies of the 1878 letter, a 1945 transmittal letter from Harrison to a Newberry Library staff member, and an anonymous sketch of Dudley’s life.
Names Harrison, Carter Henry (1860-1953)
Places Raisin River, Detroit, Michigan, Fort Niagara, New York, Kentucky, United States
Keywords army, captivity, captivity narrative, personal account, battle, war, War of 1812, massacre, British North America, British Colonialism
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Dudley was a War of 1812 soldier and longtime Lexington, Ky., Baptist minister. Born in 1792 at Bryant’s Station near Lexington, he enlisted in 1812 in Capt. George Trotter’s cavalry, but left the troop at Fort Defiance to act as assistant commissary to the northwest army. On Jan 17, 1813, Dudley accompanied a detachment under Col. John Allen to Frenchtown, Mich., where he was wounded in the Battle of Raisin River and was saved from the subsequent massacre by an Indian who took him captive. Dudley later served as quartermaster-general of the Kentucky troops sent to aid Gen. Jackson at New Orleans. In 1821, Dudley entered the ministry of the Particular Baptist Church at Bryant’s Station, where he served at least until its centenary in 1886.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 3063
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue