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General James Winchester Letter, 1812

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General James Winchester Letter




Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives. Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931

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[Identification of item], General James Winchester Letter, 1812, 93SC19,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.


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James Winchester began his military career during the American Revolution. He served as speaker of the Tennessee state senate following the granting of statehood. He received his commission as general at the onset of the War of 1812 and was sent to Kentucky. He is best known as the commander of forces decisively defeated at the Battle of the River Raisin.

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General James Winchester wrote this letter October 27, 1812, to Lieutenant Colonel Robert Pogue, giving military orders during the War of 1812. This letter predates River Raisin by a few months. It was written from Fort Winchester to Pogue at Fort Jennings. The letter countermanded a previous order to march given to Pogue. Winchester instead ordered Pogue to employ part of his regiment in constructing "water crafts" for the transportation of stores down the Anglaise River. Winchester recommended the construction of "perogues" [pirogues] if poplar could be obtained.

Variant Name: Lt. Col. Robert Pogue Letter

Creator's Occupation: Army general

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