Lot 155: Defence of Brigadier General W. Hull 1814

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Lot 155: Author: [Hull, William]; Title: Defence of Brigadier General W. Hull. Delivered before the General Court Martial, of which Major General Dearborn was President, at Albany, March, 1814. With an Address to the Citizens of the United States; Place Published: Boston; Publisher: Wells and Lilly; Date Published: 1814; Description: xlvi, 215 pp. (12mo) leather-backed marble boards, gilt-lettered and ruled on spine.At the beginning of the War of 1812, Hull was made brigadier general in command of the northwestern army. After repeated requests to build a naval fleet on Lake Erie to properly defend Detroit, Fort Mackinac, and Fort Dearborn, he was ignored by the commander of the northeast, General Henry Dearborn. After facing superior forces, Hull was forced to surrender Fort Detroit and the blame was placed on him. Subsequently, Hull was court-martialed and sentenced to be shot by General Dearborn, but he received a reprieve from President James Madison. This was one of two books written after his release in an attempt to clear his name. Sabin 33642. Condition: Some wear and tear to binding; library stamp and stamp of previous owner on half-title and title pages, marginalia on pg. iii in antique pen, some foxing and darkening of pages throughout; good to very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $150-250
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