James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Winney Love, 22 October 1812 (Abstract)

§ From Winney Love

22 October 1812. Requests that her son be released “from the Regelar troups as he is under adge & has inlisted a gance My will and he is the onely Son of the Surport of a Pore widde womman hou has a Large famely of Small Childeran.” “My Sons Name is Charls Love1 under the Command of Cpt Thomes P More2 at Clarksburg Harrason County Vargina.”

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 94, Letters Received, filed under “Love”). 1 p.; cover addressed “to the Secretary of Ware or the Presentden of the United States”; docketed as received in the War Department on 12 Nov. 1812. The enclosure, addressed to the secretary of war, is a 31 Oct. 1812 petition (1 p.) by Winney Love for her son’s discharge, signed by thirteen supporters.

1Charles Love, an eighteen-year-old farmer from Clarksburg, Virginia, enlisted for eighteen months’ service on 19 Aug. 1812 and was discharged in 1814. His mother’s petition was unsuccessful (DNA: RG 94, Registers of Enlistments, 1798–1914, 14:236).

2Thomas P. Moore was a captain in the Twelfth Infantry Regiment; he received a major’s commission in the Eighteenth Infantry Regiment on 20 Sept. 1813 (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 , 1:723).

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