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Title:[Letter] ca. 1815, Bachelors Hall The Ladies Choice [to] Uncle / James Moore King : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:King, James Moore

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Date: ca. 1815
Extent: 4p
Summary:This is a letter from James Moore King to his uncle announcing his return home to Tennessee following a seven month campaign against the British in New Orleans. It outlines a vivid description of battle and narrow escape.
Collection:James Moore King Papers Correspondence 1813, 1815-1817

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Bachelors Hall The ladies Choice Bachelors hall, The Ladies Choice

Dear Uncle

With pleasure, I inform you of my return home to the joyfull [joyful] seans [scenes] & pleasures of Tennessee , after a tiresom [added: trying] & fatiegueing [fatiguing] campaign of near seven months, I started the 24th of Sept [September] last & returned the 13th of April last; I wrote to you of our going to Pennsicola [Pensacola] , thence to Sandy Creek from whence I wrote, then informed you of the expectation of our meating [meeting] the enemy at New Orleans , which we did on the 23rd of Dec we made the atteact [attack] on them about eight oclock [o' clock] in the knight [night] by moonshine, our big Caroline [added: commenced the action, she] droped [dropped] down the Mississippi to them opposite to them; which they hailed at the second times hailing she answered them, with a cannon [added: thirty two], which killed 4 men, by the British information; then a broad side which throwed them in great confusion. Their was but 1300 of Genl [General] Coffee Brigade, a fiew [few] regulars, the Orleans volinter [volunteer] & malitia [malitia], the whole was supposed to be 1800 hundred or 2000, we fought 4000, 5 hours their was nothing to brag [bragg] off on neither side we look and killed

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as many as they did, It is said by some prisners [prisoners] we took, their was 2000 that had liked to give up and have surrrendered [surrendered] & would had the firing not discontinured [discontinued] as soon as it did, the ridgment [regiment] that I ware [was] in attacked them in the rear at the firing of the cannon the British all formed on the Bank of the Mississippi by the levey we marched through the encampment, where we found that we had opprived [deprived] them of their fine supper their was turkeys chickings [chickens] Ducks quarters of mutton they had so nicely roasted, Our soldiers gathered & eat [added: it while fighting] & fought, I will give you a small account of mine & others narrow escape. In marching up to the enemy we came to a fence that run angling from thee [the] corse [course] we ware [were] going, which cut of three Companees [companies] of us, & throw us concederably [considerably] in the open old field, where we found several scampering about which we shot and killed then advanced [added: in] a hundred yards of the main body when we ware [were] furid [fired] upon in our rear, their

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was a halt called in a very great supprise [suprise] it was immedeately [immediately] concluded that it was part of our own men, the second batalion [battalion] some of the men as well as officers began to hollour [holler] out to them & tell them they ware fireing [firing] at their own men, telling of them, they ware [were] Coffees [added: the names of] their ridgment [regiment] & they continued firing till they came in thirty or forty yeardes [yards] the bullits [bullets] came whisked high and low but hurt none them; we did not pretend ed to fire a gun in the whole of that time, but continued to tell them they ware fireing [firing] at their own men, which they replied they ware not surtain [certain] & wavering their sword and I ordered us to ground our armes [arms] made shore [sure] we had surrendered, tho by this time they had came quite up to us. when we began to find them out nay Captain Jones J. Lurt Walker the officers I was under engaes [engages] with two of the british officers, which at that time their was loud roaring and clashing of swords, the Capt [Captain] [added: lost] his [added: sword] but without a wound, [added: but saved himself] The Luet [lieutenant] got his cut away much so received a ball through his wrighte [right] sholder [shoulder] another grazned [grazened] him on the

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small of the back another hit his hat their [added: in our company] was one killed four wounded and three taken prisoner [added: Travel]which our was our cornet he was taken there times before he would stay taken the forth [fourth] time taken he was sent off under guard with one man, he had a pistole [pistol] [added: concealed] under his coat when they did not observe, took him in going along he turned around and observed see how the british is runing [running], the fellow turned to look, the Cornel [Colonel] drew his pistole and shot him down, he then jerked of the fellows dredge and took his gun, then tried to make his escape but ran right up to a British force, when taken again, he was the second time taken under guards, in carrying, [unclear: him ] off their was a firing broke out not far from him, which they turned rouning to look at, a thought struck him he could knock the fellow down and clear himself, whe then cleared himself, when master his escape came cross Cap [Captain] McMahan who was mortally wounded in their head, the Capt [Captain] requested him to stay with him which he done, tho it was not long before they ware taken again, then he stayed taken

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