RARE! DADE MASSACRE RANSOM CLARK ACCOUNT 1836 NEWSPAPER

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  • Sold Date: May 11,2008
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RARE AND IMPORTANT ORIGINAL AND COMPLETE APRIL 5, 1836 PORTLAND ADVERTISER AND GAZETTE (MAINE) FEATURING A FRONT PAGE ACCOUNT OF THE DECEMBER 28, 1835 MASSACRE OF MAJOR DADE AND HIS COMMAND IN THE FLORIDA SEMINOLE WAR BY ONE OF THE THREE SURVIVORS, RANSOM CLARK!

It begins, " The following narrative being an extract from a letter received by a gentleman in this city, who has politely permitted it's publication of the deplorable massacre of Major Dade and his companions, though in substance, not materially different from accounts already published of this disaster, is more detailed and contains descriptions of new and affecting incidents. It was taken down by an officer of the Army at Tampa Bay, from the mouth of Ransom Clark, one of the three soldiers who escaped and returned desperately wounded to that post". The newspaper actually has a typo in this lead and mis-spells Clark's first name as "Rawson". The detailed narrative runs nearly one and one half columns on the front page of this historic newspaper. It is a large format newspaper measuring 18" X 25", is four pages and is complete having never been cut for microfilming. T are some thin spots, some browning and some small tears w it has been folded. I have been able to make out nearly every word in print.

A sample of the narrative: " Captain Gardiner, Lt. Basinger and Dr. Gatlin were the only officers left unhurt by the volley that killed Dade. Lt. Henderson had his left arm broken, but he continued to load his musket and fire it, resting on the stump, until he was finally shot down towrds the close of the second attack, and during the day he bravely kept up his spirits and cheered the men. Lt. Keyes had both his arms broken in the first attack; they were bound up and slung in a handkerchief and he sat for the remainder of the day until he was killed reclining against the breastwork-his head often reposing on it-regardless of everything going on around him."

Other news follows Ransom Clark's narrative and concerns General Gaines and Osceola.

A VERY RARE AND IMPORTANT PIECE OF AMERICAN HISTORY! 172 YEAR OLD ORIGINAL NEWSPAPER! PERFECT FOR THE HISTORIAN ESPECIALLY ONE SPECIALIZING IN THE FLORIDA INDIAN WARS.

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