James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James J. Voorhees, 10 March 1811 (Abstract)

§ From James J. Voorhees1

10 March 1811, Pittsburgh. Considers himself “a persecuted Man,” having had “futile, and vexatious Charges” brought against him in a court-martial at Pittsburgh. Claims that three members of the court were his “decided enemies” and had given testimony on the charges. Writes not to influence JM’s judgment but in the hope that JM will review the testimony of the majority of the court and do justice to a man who has faithfully served his country.

RC (DNA: RG 107, LRRS, V-37:5). 2 pp. Docketed by a War Department clerk as received 10 Aug. 1811.

1Voorhees (Vorhees) was from New Jersey and had been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Sixth Infantry Regiment in 1808. He was dismissed from the service on 30 June 1811 (Heitman, Historical Register description begins Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, from Its Organization, September 29, 1789, to March 2, 1903 (2 vols.; Washington, 1903). description ends , 1:990).

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