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    [Whiskey Rebellion]. Samuel Smith Autograph Letter Signed. One page of a bifolium, 7.75" x 12.75", Camp Williamsport; October 8, 1794. Addressed to General [Light Horse] Henry Lee, Smith writes during the Whiskey Rebellion, updating Lee about supplies and ammunition. Lee had been chosen by Washington to command the 13,000 soldiers through Pennsylvania to put down the Whiskey Rebellion. The insurrection fell apart shortly after this letter, with the insurrectionists standing down at the sight of the federal army. It reads in part:

    "...This goes by Major Spear with his Battalion. I have directed him to halt at Olde Town untill I join him with my main Body, & to send forward the waggons with Blankets, knapsacks, canteens, & camp kettles & a chest of Medicine Intended for the Virginians; there is yet one waggon or two coming on from Frederick with similar articles which would move with Benson and Carlile on Fryday. The six pounders go by this day for Cumberland, the three pounders (with the ammunition for the whole) will move with my main Body.

    You will find by the inclosed return that I am stronger than I calculated. The desertions are less frequent but two have left us at this encampment. If this fine weather should continue the sick will recover fast. The men are good, the officers respectable, & the whole infantry better train'd than would have been expected from the time & the Constant movement of the Men: on the whole for our number we shall be respectable." Signed, "S. Smith."

    Known as "Light Horse Harry" because of his achievements in the Revolutionary War, Henry Lee, father of Robert E. Lee, was Governor of Virginia from 1791-1794. He was commissioned Major General in 1798 and served in Congress from 1799-1801. At the request of Congress, Lee delivered President Washington's eulogy in which he characterized Washington as "First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen."

    Samuel Smith (1752-1839) was a general in the Maryland militia, commanding their quota during the Rebellion. During the War of 1812 he was a major general of the militia in defense of Baltimore. He would go on to serve as a Representative and Senator from Maryland in later life.

    Condition: Lightly toned, dampstained, and foxed. Paper loss to address cover where seal was broken has been repaired. Two small closed tears with tape repair on page two.


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