Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Boyd mss., 1811-1815, consist in the main of letters to John Parker Boyd, 1764-1830, brigadier-general in the War of 1812.

Career: born, December 21, 1764, Newburyport, Mass.; became ensign and rose to lieutenant, U.S. service; arrived in India as military adventurer, 1789; assembled body of troops and sold its services to various princes; after nearly twenty years returned to U.S.; reentered army as colonel of 4th infantry regiment, 1808; in Battle of Tippecanoe, 1811; commissioned Brigadier-general and served on Canadian border, 1812; led a brigade at capture of Fort George, May 27, 1813; in command at Battle of Chrysler's Farm, November 11, 1813; discharged from service, 1815; in later years naval officer for port of Boston; died October 4, 1830.

Letters in the collection consist of orders to Boyd in command of the 4th infantry regiment to reinforce William Henry Harrison for his 1811 campaign against the Indians, which culminated in the Battle of Tippecanoe; requests from Harrison for ammunition; Henry Dearborn's letter of farewell, July 15, 1813, to the field officers of the army at Fort George; and instructions from General James Wilkinson at Sacketts Harbor and Grenadier Island during the 1813 campaign against Canada.

The letters in the collection were written by: John Armstrong, Henry Dearborn, William Eustis, William Henry Harrison, James Monroe, and James Wilkinson.

Collection size: 17 items

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