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Southard, Samuel L. (1787-1842) to Isaac Mayo

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04604.08 Author/Creator: Southard, Samuel L. (1787-1842) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 July 1825 Pagination: 1 p. ; 24.6 x 19.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Southard as Secretary of the Navy asks Lieutenant Mayo to report to Captain James Banon, President of the Naval Court Martial, as a witness in the case of Charles Stewart. Stewart was being accused of convoying a foreign (British) ship into a blockaded port. He was eventually acquitted.

People: Mayo, Isaac

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Military HistoryNavyMilitary LawBlockadeGlobal History and CivicsForeign Affairs

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform

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