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    Broadside: Aroostook War, "General Order, No. 30." One page, 7.75" x 9.5", March 30, 1839, "State of Maine. Head Quarters, Augusta" issued "By the Commander-in-Chief. A. B. Thompson, Adjutant General." The Aroostook War of 1838-1839 was a confrontation over the boundary between Maine and Canada. In January 1839, Maine's governor hastily raised a volunteer militia which he sent to the Aroostook region in the northern part of Maine to arrest Canadian lumbermen thought to be trespassing on Maine soil. The militia left Bangor in February. After they arrived in the Aroostook region, they were ordered by the Canadians to leave, which they refused. Fearing Canadian attacks, Maine raised an even larger militia. Combat never occurred because the governments of Britain and the U.S. intervened with the Treaty of London, which they signed in 1842. Issued after tempers had cooled, this general order sends the Maine militia home. In part: "Major General Isaac Hodsdon, commanding the State troops in actual service on the north-eastern frontier. . . . Deeming it unnecessary longer to continue a military force on the northeastern frontier, the Commander-in-Chief directs that the Militia be discharged without delay. . . . Called into active service at a season unusual for military operations, without preparation and without experience, much inconvenience if not suffering must have been felt by the detachments on duty. . . . the zeal and alacrity with which they have obeyed the call for their aid, is sure evidence that Maine can rely with perfect confidence on the patriotism of her citizen soldiery, for the protection of her honor and the vindication of her rights." Toned with foxing; near fine.

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