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congressarchives:

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the burning of Washington, DC during the War of 1812.

congressarchives:

British troops invaded a nearly empty Capital city on August 24, 1814 during the War of 1812. Prior to the invasion clerks in the House of Representatives were frantically trying to find carts and oxen to evacuate the records of Congress safely out of the city. This letter, sent to the Clerk of the House on September 15, chronicles the actions of the two men left in the Clerk’s office who were in charge of removing as many records as possible. The clerks were only able to get one cart of manuscripts and papers out of the office before the Capitol went up in flames. Among the items lost were committee manuscripts from the 13th Congress, the secret journal of Congress, petitions submitted to Congress before 1799, and the private accounts and vouchers of the Clerk of the House. The Clerk forwarded this letter to the Speaker of the House on September 20 asking for a committee to be created to handle the investigation of the burning of the Capitol.

Letter to Patrick Magruder, Clerk of the House, 9/15/1814, HR 13A-D15.2, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives

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 Luther “Yellowstone” Kelly- Fresh out of the Army in 1868, he embarked on a 12-year journey through the northern Plains that made him a legend in his own time.…
He joined the Union army at age 15 to fight in the Civil War. Before he was 20, he was a well-known scout, frontiersman, explorer and Indian fighter
In the spring of 1865, with the Civil War winding down, Kelly secured permission from his mother to join the Army. He traveled to Rochester NY, where he attempted to join the Fourth New York Cavalry but was turned down due his young age 15.  Later he joined the 10th Infantry by lying about his age. He was unaware that the 10th Infantry was not a volunteer corps and that he would be obliged to continue serving after the war.
After leaving the army, Kelly embarked on what The New York Times later called “the most adventurous period of his life”, establishing himself as “one of the greatest hunters, trappers, and Indian scouts” of the American West.
He guided two expeditions in Alaska and served as a captain of volunteers in the Philippines. His last assignment was as an agent on the San Carlos Indian Reservation and he later retired in California where he died. His last request was to be buried at the summit of Kelly Mountain in Billings Montana overlooking the land he scouted and loved.
Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/yellowstone-kelly-spent-his-youth-exploring-montana/article_22dc5f0f-c823-5a22-a965-7120005109eb.html#ixzz3BH04cHlz
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thecivilwarparlor:

Luther “Yellowstone” Kelly- Fresh out of the Army in 1868, he embarked on a 12-year journey through the northern Plains that made him a legend in his own time.

He joined the Union army at age 15 to fight in the Civil War. Before he was 20, he was a well-known scout, frontiersman, explorer and Indian fighter

In the spring of 1865, with the Civil War winding down, Kelly secured permission from his mother to join the Army. He traveled to Rochester NY, where he attempted to join the Fourth New York Cavalry but was turned down due his young age 15.  Later he joined the 10th Infantry by lying about his age. He was unaware that the 10th Infantry was not a volunteer corps and that he would be obliged to continue serving after the war.

After leaving the army, Kelly embarked on what The New York Times later called “the most adventurous period of his life”, establishing himself as “one of the greatest hunters, trappers, and Indian scouts” of the American West.

He guided two expeditions in Alaska and served as a captain of volunteers in the Philippines. His last assignment was as an agent on the San Carlos Indian Reservation and he later retired in California where he died. His last request was to be buried at the summit of Kelly Mountain in Billings Montana overlooking the land he scouted and loved.

Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/yellowstone-kelly-spent-his-youth-exploring-montana/article_22dc5f0f-c823-5a22-a965-7120005109eb.html#ixzz3BH04cHlz

https://www.tumblr.com/blog/thecivilwarparlor/new/photo

ColorbyS.Palmer@TheCivilWarParlor Tumblr

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