Letter concerning 'Boxer' prisoners, Eastport, 1813

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Maj. Thomas Vincent of the 34th Infantry wrote from Fort Sullivan in Eastport to Thomas G. Thornton of Saco, the Marshal of Maine, about prisoners of war from the British ship Boxer, which had been defeated in a battle on Sept. 5, 1813, with the American brig Enterprise.

Vincent wrote that there were nearly 30 prisoners of war at Fort Obrien (Machias) and that Thornton's deputy there refused to have anything to do with them. Vincent said he had no authority over them and had told the commander at Machias to receive no more prisoners until he had some official order to do so.

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  • Title: Letter concerning 'Boxer' prisoners, Eastport, 1813
  • Creator: Vincent, Thomas M.
  • Creation Date: 1813-09-21
  • Subject Date: 1813
  • Town: Eastport
  • County: Washington
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 30.7 cm x 19 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 21, Box 7/7
  • Collection: Thomas G. Thornton papers
  • Object Type: Text

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