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Unknown [Pen and ink drawing of General James Wilkinson]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04601.15 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Mississippi Type: Sketch Date: circa 1806 Pagination: 1 art original : col. ; 18.5 x 10 cm

Summary of Content: Folk art sketched portrait of Wilkinson's head and shoulders in uniform. Written underneath, "Great Willkison (sic) command Our Arms, When Missippi (sic) rolls - Nor need we fear dread Wars Alarms, While he, Our flag staff holds!!!"

Background Information: Wilkinson was involved with Aaron Burr's conspiracy to attempt the secession of the western states from the Union in 1804-1806. Although involved initially, he eventually betrayed Burr and denounced him ...as a traitor.See More

People: Wilkinson, James, 1725-1825

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PoliticsPoetryElectionGovernment and CivicsMilitary HistoryArt, Music, Theater, and Film

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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