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    [Andrew Jackson] Rare 1828 Anti-Jackson "Coffin Handbill," 10" x 15". Headed "A Brief Account of the/Execution/[six coffins pictured]/Of the Six Militia Men." Uniformly foxed, uneven edges, creases, folds, soiled, small holes. Show-through from "How shamed of/the General/Whys end of this" contemporaneously penned on verso. Clear printing and completely legible, the broadside is in good condition, ideal for framing and display.

    In February 1815, six militia men under Major General Andrew Jackson's command were court-martialed and convicted of disobeying orders. They were later executed. Because Jackson did not prevent their execution, 13 years later when he ran for President, supporters of incumbent President John Quincy Adams accused him of murder. Broadsides were printed across the nation, first as an "extra" to the Democratic Press, a Philadelphia newspaper. The six coffins represented the six executed soldiers. The articles include stories about three of the militia men, a purported eyewitness report, an 1815 account from the Democratic Press, and information as to how Congress treated the matter. Other anti-Jackson broadsides included charges against the General relating to duels and brawls. They are now also referred to as "Coffin Handbills," generally regarded as the first large-scale smear campaign during a presidential election, which, by the way, Jackson won. The Historic New Orleans Collection museum in the French Quarter has located 27 "Coffin Handbills" nationally of which 17 are in its museum.

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