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    Whiskey Rebellion - A Superb Archive of Material Documenting the March of Herman Husband and Other Prisoners to Philadelphia. Seventeen pieces, various sizes and places, October 22 to 29, 1794 being a series of bills for food and supplies for the captured prisoners and their guards as they slowly marched to Philadelphia for trial including invoices for food and lodging, often signed by the recipients. An important group that documents the journey of the radical Herman Husband who, together with several others, was marched under guard to Philadelphia about a month in advance of the main body of prisoners that were escorted at sword point by the Philadelphia Horse. Herman Husband (1724-95), a long-time radical and a celebrated North Carolina Regulator, was by the 1780s known as "The Philosopher of the Allegheny," the author of numerous political pamphlets. Around the same period, he moved to western Pennsylvania and in the early 1790s became very much a part of the resistance against the excise on whiskey, though argued against violent resistance. Despite his moderation, he too was arrested in 1794 and marched to Philadelphia. The archive provides an intimate picture of the daily movement of Husband and other prisoners tracing their arduous route from the wilds of western Pennsylvania toward Philadelphia with documents dated at "Top of Sidling Hill" and "Great Cove" (October 23); "Cove Gap" (October 24); "Russell's Tavern" (October 25); "Wright's Ferry" and "York Town" (October 27); and "Susquehanna Ferry", "White Horse" and "Lancaster" (October 28). Includes bills for horse feed as well as food and drink for the prisoners as well as the "Escort of Prisoners under Capt. Blanchard" including oats, hay cider, brandy as well as breakfasts, dinners and suppers. The documents indicate the entire complement was no more than 18 including guards and prisoners and judging from the rate of progress across the state, all were on horseback. Of all the suspects arrested by federal authorities, only 20 ultimately were deemed important enough to be sent to Philadelphia for trial. None were ever convicted, and all but Herman Husband, returned home. The hard eastward march proved too much for the 70 year-old Husband -- he died during his return in June 1795. A terrific archive of material. Sources: Thomas P. Slaughter, The Whiskey Rebellion Frontier Epilogue to the American Revolution (New York, 1986); William Hogeland, The Whiskey Rebellion... (New York, 2006). Usual folds, light soiling and toning, a few marginal chips and tears, else very good. Tremendous content and history. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.


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