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
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