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North, William (1755-1836) [An account of the execution of Major John Andre]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02541.02 Author/Creator: North, William (1755-1836) Place Written: New London, Connecticut Type: Autograph manuscript signed Date: 18 September 1823 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Details the execution of Major John Andre, accused of being a spy, and expresses his sympathetic feelings toward Andre's unfortunate fate. Describes how Baron Von Steuben could not comply with Andre's wish to suffer a soldier's death by being shot since the only suitable death for a spy is hanging.

People: North, William, 1755-1836.
Steuben, Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, Baron von, 1730-1794.
Andr\E9, John, 1751-1780.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Death, Revolutionary War, Military History, Military Law, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Death, Death Penalty, Prisoner Treason, American Statesmen, Spying

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform