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War-dated autograph letter signed by Eustis as Secretary of War, to artillery chief Henry Burbeck, ordering a shipment of cannon balls and powder to Savannah, Georgia
Autograph Letter signed: "W. Eustis" as Secretary of War. 1 page, 7¾x9½. War Department (Washington), 1812 July 10. To Colonel Henry Burbeck, New York. In full: "In addition to the fifty thousand musket cartridges mentioned in my letter of the 6th, you will send to Savannah one hundred barrels of cannon powder, three hundred & fifty 18 pound balls, one hundred & fifty 24 pound balls, 20 dozen port fires, fifty pounds of slow match. The Asst. Dep. Quartermaster will make any purchases that may be necessary. Respectfully". WILLIAM EUSTIS (1753-1825), a surgeon during the Revolutionary war, represented Massachusetts in Congress (1801-1805) and was one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives to conduct impeachment proceedings against John Pickering. Eustis served as Madison's Secretary of War from 1809-1812, U.S. Minister to the Netherlands (1814-1818), U.S. Congressman (1820-1823) and Governor of Massachusetts from 1823 until his death in 1825. The United States having declared war on Great Britain on June 18, 1812., Eustis was hastening defensive preparations at key US ports. However, despite some stirring naval victories, the first year of the war did not go well for the US, with forts lost and an expedition to Canada defeated. Eustis was assigned a share of the blame for these failures, and was obliged to resign in January 1813. From the papers of General HENRY BURBECK (1754-1848), a veteran of key battles of the Revolutionary War. He was chief of the Artillery Corps when he received these orders. Promoted to Brigadier General, he commanded the Connecticut State Militia during the War of 1812. Horizontal fold creases. Lightly toned and creased. Lightly chipped at edges. Slight show-through from note on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: June 10, 1753 in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died: February 6, 1825 in Boston, Massachusetts

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