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    1828 Incredibly Rare Anti-Jackson "Coffin Broadside" An account of some of the Bloody Deeds of General Jackson. In 1815, six militia men were executed at Fort Charlotte, Mobile after a court martial found them guilty of disobeying orders. Approximately thirty days prior to the execution, Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson had reviewed the sentence and let it stand. This decision came back to haunt him during his presidential campaign of 1828, when newspapermen supporting John Adams accused Jackson of murder. In what was probably the first national smear campaign, they printed handbills and broadsides to spread these accusations to the public, adding additional charges of brawling, dueling, Indian massacre and slaving. On this particular broadside, the title is followed by text pertaining to Mr. Sloane of Ohio's Resolution (in the House of Representatives) to call on the Secretary of War to produce all official documents pertaining to the executions. Below this are six vertical coffins, each with the name of one of the militia men executed above it. This is followed by "A Brief Account of the Execution of the Six Militia Men." Below this is a poem, Mournful Tragedy, or, the death of Jacob Webb, David Morrow, John Harris, Henry Lewis, David Hunt, and Edward Lindsey..., followed by a row of six horizontal coffins. The next block of text describes the execution of seven regular soldiers near Nashville, and a fight Jackson is said to have had in Nashville with Samuel Jackson, who died by Jackson's sword. Below this is a black border, and three blocks of text divided from each other by black borders. The first, having a horizontal coffin above it, describes Jackson's court martial of John Woods for disobeying an order, ending in Woods' death. The next describes the massacre by Jackson of an Indian village in 1814. The third, having four vertical coffins above it, continues the description of the death of the Indians. These are followed by another black border, beneath which is a letter of 1818 by Thomas Hart Benton, then a Senator, describing a fight he had with Jackson. The verso has the title, The Trial of the Six Militia Men, taken from Official Papers, as reported by the Secretary of War on Mr. Sloan's Resolution, followed by two columns of text of extracts from the official papers pertaining to the court martial and execution of the six militia men, all prejudicial to Jackson. Condition of this piece is good, with folds, seam splits, foxing, vintage repairs and edge roughness yet the extreme rarity and historical importance makes it very desirable, worthy of addition to the finest collections. Likely only a few dozen of these broadsides are still in existence. 16" x 25".

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