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    Zebulon Pike Document Signed, "Z. M. Pike", one page, 7.75" x 3.25", May 3, 1799, Reading [Pennsylvania]. The document is a receipt for the return of "two drum heads". Some paper loss in the upper right corner and mounted on another sheet, else fine. Included is a photographic copy of an engraving of Pike.

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    Zebulon Pike joined his father's regiment as a cadet in 1794, earned a commission as ensign in 1799 and a first lieutenancy later that year. In 1806 Pike led what is now known as "the Pike expedition" from Fort Bellefontaine to explore the American southwest. Pike never successfully reached the summit of the famous peak that bears his name. He made it as far as Mt. Rosa to the southeast of Pikes Peak, and gave up the ascent in waist-deep snow after having gone almost two days without food. Pike served with the 4th Infantry Regiment at the Battle of Tippecanoe. He served in New Orleans and as inspector-general during the War of 1812. Pike commanded combat troops in the successful attack on York, Ontario on April 27, 1813. He was killed by flying rocks and other debris when the retreating British garrison blew up its ammunition.

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