James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Daniel Parker, 18 August 1813

From Daniel Parker

August 18th. 1813.

D. Parker of the War Office has the honor to enclose to the President of the United States an extract of a letter this moment received from Genl. Harrison.1 Nothing of moment has been received at the War Office from any other quarter.

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 59, ML). For enclosure, see n. 1.

1The enclosed extract was from William Henry Harrison’s letter to John Armstrong of 11 Aug. 1813 (3 pp.; printed in Esarey, Messages and Letters of William Henry Harrison, Indiana Historical Collections, 2:522–24), in which Harrison reported that he had instructed Ohio governor Return Jonathan Meigs to dismiss all but ten companies of the “immense number of militia” that had been called out in the wake of the British attack on Fort Sandusky. Noting that the Ohio militia, serving since the previous spring, would soon be discharged and that only about 650 of the Kentucky troops would remain in service, Harrison stated that a minimum of 4,000 militia would be needed for a proposed “expedition into Canada” and reported that he had arranged with Gov. Isaac Shelby of Kentucky to raise 2,000 men, whom Shelby would command in person. They would ride to the front on horses and then send them back. Harrison added that Oliver H. Perry had sailed from Erie in pursuit of the British on 5 Aug. with a “greatly deficient” number of seamen and officers.

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