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Tompkins, Daniel D. (1774-1825) to Jasper Hopper

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02512.13 Author/Creator: Tompkins, Daniel D. (1774-1825) Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 5 April 1814 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 24.5 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: The Governor of New York notes that he ordered munitions stored near Oswego and orders Hopper to send muskets, cartridges, and powder from those stores to use to defend Oswego, New York, if attacked. Oswego was attacked and captured by the British on 6 May 1814. Tompkins later became vice president.

People: Tompkins, Daniel D., 1774-1825
Hopper, Jasper, 1770-1848

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: War of 1812Vice PresidentGovernment and CivicsMilitary HistoryGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyAmmunitionWeaponryArtillery

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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